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    Re: Master & Commander
    From: Trevor Kenchington
    Date: 2003 Dec 10, 13:49 +0000

    Fred wrote:
    > I believe
    > the Surprise, being an older ship, lacked flintlocks.
    Getting rather too far from navigation:
    The age of the ship and the age of her guns were not closely linked.
    When a ship was paid off and placed in Ordinary (i.e. as a hulk held in
    reserve), her guns would be sent ashore. When she fitted out again, the
    Ordnance Board would supply the required number of guns of appropriate
    sizes but only by chance would they be the same individual guns as those
    previously removed.
    Gun carriages were sometimes more specific to individual ships, in as
    much as their height had to match the height of the sills of the
    gunports, which were not as standard from ship to ship as they might
    have been.
    Trevor Kenchington
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