Very good interpretation of a woodcut from the era... She's riding WAY high out of the water. If Jones had had the support and Live Oak to build her properly, she'd have been the terror of any other nation's 74's.
In the America's crew? Why, there are the one or two that may need to get patched up after a couple of hits from the enemy, but if one can out sail his opponet, then the losses shall be insignifigant and their great.
Well, it was customary to pick up any survivors/those who surrender. It was the gentlemanly thing to do. Then the ship was either taken a prize and her crew kept aboard under watch is in good condition, or scuttled.
Good, I was guessing it would be something like it.
It would also be rather uncomely to just see them float by, without offering a helping (however helping it may be) hand to the survivors. Ofcourse those that would wish harm would not fall under the saved lot. Atleast that was where I was coming from when considering it. I'm glad it was correct, and thank you for the answer.
Hm how mangled would the ship have to be, to just scuttle it? And concerning the surviving crew, what would happen to them, once the ships docked?
I can't help but feel sorry for the vessel being scuttled, no matter how mangled it may be :/. Those were some beautiful ships!
No sailor likes to see a ship sink, even if it is the enemy.
Some ships have been towed back to port dismasted, holed under the waterline, a skeleton crew working like mad to pump out the water and keep afloat. Now, if it was ablaze or really sinking or waaay to big to tow back, then they would be scuttled. But if they were really big and it was safe to carefully sail her, then the captain would put a "prize crew", just enough to man her to the bare minimum, to sail her back to a friendly port.
What would happen with the ship once it would reach the port. Well other than probably being fixed up and having it's masts repaced with new? Who'd have first dibs on it? And again as before pardon that I ask so much, but it's really interesting. .
Oh and about the book you've mentioned. I shall try to find it. If it's really as good, then it's worth to be gotten. Though, might you know if it's only sold over at your place or what be it's origin?
If you cannot find it locally, then it is avaliable for order online!
When a ship is brought into port, it is sold to the yards and the captain recieves the prize money for capturing it. The amount of money awarded depends on the ship's size and value, so a brand new French built two decker would be worth more than an old Spanish brig because it is larger, newer, and a good quality ship. (The French were excellent shipbuilders!) But a Spanish three decker, even if old, would be worth more because Spanish ships tended to be very ornate and expensive.
Once it was repaired, several things could happen:
The officer who brought it in could be promoted to captain it. (If ready for promotion and deserving of it, they also would have to be of an appropriate rank to command it. So a liutenant wouldn't be made captan and given a third rate... too big a jump.)
It could be given to a deserving or needing officer.
Assigned to a certain squadron.
But they were usually sent to England to lay at anchor until it could be used.
I'd say the poor frigate that got mauled in 3v1...
The pennant on the fore is the broad blue one that bears the mark of an American Commodore, the red and white striped one with the snake on it... another "Don't Tread On Me!" variant, but I like the white one better.
"Built of oak hard as steel master of the sea
Six Thousand yards of sail flies onto liberty
Call to arms man the deck soon the guns will toll
Ram the ball and load the shot the fight will take its toll" ...but it was about an English man'o'war ^^