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Lyme-class frigate
Class overview
Name: Lyme
Operators: Red Ensign of Great Britain (1707-1800).svg Royal Navy
In service: 1749 - 1771
Completed: 2
Lost: 1
Retired: 1
General characteristics
Type: 24-gun (later 28-gun) sixth-rate frigate
Tons burthen: 581 50/94 bm
Length: 117 ft 10 in (35.9 m) (overall)
96 ft 5.5 in (29.4 m) (keel)
Beam: 33 ft 8 in (10.3 m)
Depth of hold: 10 ft 2 in (3.10 m)
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship
Complement: 160 (raised to 180 on 22 September 1756, and to 200 on 11 November 1756)

28 guns:

  • Upper gundeck: 24 × 9 pdrs
  • Quarterdeck: 4 × 3 pdrs (after 22 September 1756) + 12 × ½pdr swivels after 11 November 1756

The Lyme class were a class of two 24-gun sixth-rate frigates of the Royal Navy. They served during the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War.

They were built to the draught of a French privateer named Le Tygre, which had been captured earlier in 1747. They were initially rated as 24-gun ships, in spite of having four 3-pdr guns mounted on the quarterdeck, as well as the twenty-four 9-pdr guns forming their primary battery on the upper deck. However in 1756 they were re-classed as 28-gun ships. They are normally seen as the first true sailing frigates to be built for the Royal Navy.

Ships in classEdit


  • David Lyon, "The Sailing Navy List", Brasseys Publications, London 1993.
  • Rif Winfield, "British Warships in the Age of Sail, 1714 to 1792", Seaforth Publishing, London 2007. ISBN 978-1-84415-700-6

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