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ships of the navy into their separate consideration; so as to propose and lay before his board such a solid and well-digested system and establishment for building a ship (p.125) of each class or rate, down to a sloop, inclusive; as well with respect to their principal dimensions, as to their masts and yards, and whatsoever else might, in their opinion, contribute to make them complete ships of war. But, as the present ship of 80 guns, with three decks, are, in general, ill approved, they were directed to propose ships carrying 74 guns, with two decks and half, in their room. They were likewise directed to take into consideration, and give their opinion, concerning such a disposition of the cabin rooms, platform, awnings, as well as of all other parts of the ship, that may improve them for the several uses they are allotted to, by a fit placing, as well as proportioning the same; and likewise to consider whether any reasonable saving can be made in the present method of finishing his majesty’s ships: whether any superfluous or unnecessary expense might be retrenched. They have accordingly taken this important affair into their separate considerations, and severally made their ports to us, their lordships, upon the several points referred to them; but their lordships thinking it necessary to have the said reports examined and considered by the flag officers of the navy, as well as by such of the senior captains as shall be thought proper, their lordships command me to sign to you their desire, that you will appoint a convenient day for your coming to town, and their lordships knowing the time you shall fix for that purpose, will order the flag officers, and some senior captains, who shall be in the way, to meet you at a place to be appointed for that purpose, in order to take the reports and proposals of the several persons above mentioned into your consideration; also that you may be attended by the said persons, for demonstrating and explaining to you their respective schemes; and enable you, by consulting or advising together, to form a judgment upon the best rules and methods of building the ships of the royal navy, so that you may report the same o their lordships. I am, &c». 48 SUPLEMENTO N.º 21 A LA REVISTA DE HISTORIA NAVAL. Núm. 128


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