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Sails of Glory – HMS Africa 1781 / HMS Vigilant 1774
The Inflexible–class ships of the line were a group of four 64–gun third rates, designed for the Royal Navy by Sir Thomas Slade, based on his earlier design for the Albion class. These ships had a designed crew of around 500, and they were armed with 26 24–Pounder guns in the gundeck, 26 18–Pounder guns in the upperdeck, 10 4– pounder guns in the quarterdeck, and 2 9–Pounder guns in the forecastle.
HMS Africa participated to the last battle of the American War of
Independence, at Cuddalore in 1783. She returned to England once news of the
peace arrived and was present at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, engaging the
combined Franco–Spanish fleet in battle. She later fought in the Baltic Sea
during the Gunboat War and, under the command of Captain John Bastard, Africa
was part of the War of 1812, failing to catch the USS
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