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MODEL OF lI.ll.S. .lIU.IDMi.(Vh-loria and Alhfrf Musmm.) enabled the Admiralty to consider the point; and efforts wereat once made to remedy it. ISut the <-)rder-in-Council ofFebruary, 1817, was after all only a half-measure : for it merelydirected that in future all his ^lajestys ships should be rated atthe number of guns and carronades which they actually carriedon their decks, quarter-decks, and forecastles: and it left out ofaccount the caiTonades which, in the ships of the three higherrates in the Na\-y, weie carried on the poop. Thus, the Siqjerb,74., though otticially promoted to lie a 78, should in reality havebeen promoted to be an .S4. Indeed, all the first, second, andthird rates, even after the now Order, and the accompanying
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26 PEACE, liETRENCHMENT, AND EEFORM. [1815 declaration that the force of each ship is stated according tothe number of guns and carronades actuall}- carried, continuedto mount six more weapons than they were credited with. TheVictory, 104-, WHS a 110; the Qiveen Charlotte, 108, was a 114;the Prince, 98, was a 104; and, in fact, it would appear that therule had practically no exceptions. These and other anomalieswere not entirely got rid of until the promulgation of a newscale of armament in L847 ; and even then they were got rid ofonly for a comparatively short time. Certain guns, especially ifof comparatively small size, soon began to be again neglectedin the official estimation of a ships armament; and afterarmoured vessels became a well-established feature in the Navysmall guns were gradually left wholly out of account, until in1885—the j-ear in which this survey closes—the official NavyList was even more misleading than the official Navy List of 1814had been. In 1885, for exam
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