NA Ship 3rd Rate Bellona
The Bellona is a 74 gun 3rd rate ship of the line, she performs very similarly to the 3rd Rate except that the Bellona has a different paint job and can carry 32pd cannons on her bottom gun deck.
The Bellona rate is not a fast ship, the Pavel is faster however she is more maneuverable than a Pavel and she does not require as much crew. Compared to a Constitution however she is slower, and not as maneuverable however she has a lot more guns. Bellona is also practically the same as the 3rd Rate with the exception of being able to mount 32pd on the bottom gun deck, if you mount 32pd on bottom gun deck the Bellona is also a tiny bit slower.
She handles identically to the 3rd Rate. Her preference is for a broad reach and is relatively narrow; she does not do well running before the wind. Also, her loss of speed when putting the helm closer to the wind than a beam reach is very rapid and can be dangerous if not carefully controlled. Like the 3rd Rate, she performs surprisingly well relatively on a beam reach. In general, however, the Bellona is one of the most challenging ships to sail in the game and Captains will have to use every trick and skill they have picked up in the career thus far to successfully manage her.
Bellona Class Information
Crafting Level: 40/41/42/43/44
Labor Hours: 1465
Ship Yard Level: 3
Notable Ships of Class
Ship Name, Captain
The Bellona was a 74-gun ship of the line. She was designed by Sir Thomas Slade and she was a prototype for the iconic 74-gun ships. Over forty ships were near-sisters of the Bellona due to this. The Bellona was built at Chatham, starting on 10 May 1758 and launched on 19 February 1760. She was the second ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name, and saw service in the Seven Years' War, American Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars.
During the Seven Years War the Bellona left to join the squadron blockading Brest on 8 April 1760. She was later detached to patrol off the Tagus River in Spain, and on 13 August, while sailing with the frigate Brilliant, she sighted the French 74-gun ship Courageux in company with two frigates. The British ships pursued, and after 14 hours, caught up with the French ships and engaged at the Action of 14 August 1761, the Brilliant attacking the frigates, and Bellona taking on the Courageux. The frigates eventually got away, but the Courageux struck her colours, and was later repaired and taken into the Royal Navy.
In 1762 Bellona was paid off and did not see action again until 1780, during the American Revolutionary War. She was coppered at this time, one of the first British ships to receive the hull-protecting layer. Until 1783 she cruised in the North Sea and the West Indies, and participated in reliefs of Gibraltar.
Bellona was once again paid off, recommissioned briefly in 1789 in expectation of war with Russia, but didn't get into action again until 1793, when she went to the West Indies. On 10 January 1797, Bellona and Babet drove a small French privateer schooner ashore on Deseada. They tried to use the privateer Legere, of six guns and 48 men, which Bellona had captured three days earlier, to retrieve the schooner that was on shore. In the effort, both French privateers were destroyed. Then Babet chased a brig, which had been a prize to the schooner, ashore. The British were unable to get her off so they destroyed her. Bellona took part in the Action of 18 June 1799, securing the surrender of the frigates Junon and Alceste, and helping HMS Centaur in capturing Courageuse. In 1801 she was in the Battle of Copenhagen, participating despite having grounded on a shoal. She continued to serve in the North Sea and Bay of Biscay until 1814, when she paid off for the last time and was broken up.