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Rating Ships

Rating Ships. To simplify administration of the Royal Navy, all warships were assigned a “rating.” This rating, a number from 1 (the largest) to 6, was based on the number and weight of her guns, and was used to decide the size of her crew and thus the cost of running her in terms of pay and rations.

Reefing

To reef a sail is to make it smaller.

The Rig and the Standing and Running Rigging

The Rig of a boat is the gear which holds the sails in place, and controls their shape, size and angle of attack.

Rochefort, Basque and Aix Roads

Rochefort is a commune in western France and a seaport on the southern Atlantic Coast. Used as a nautical term, Roads are simply the approaches to a harbor.

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