|Admiral's Flagship, 1st Rate|
|Belongs to||All factions|
|Guns||106 (49 on each side, 4 bow chasers,four stern chasers)|
|Produced from||Steam Drydock|
|Special abilities||Top Gallants|
|Cost||3560 SP/3020 MP|
Admiral's Flagship, 1st Rate is a ship type in Empire: Total War.
The first rate is the largest type of "ship of the line", intended to be the command ship at the centre of any fleet.
While these warships are among the most powerful vessels afloat, they are poor sailors, being both slow and unresponsive. This is not a serious shortcoming because, armed with around 100 cannons firing 32, 24 and 18-pounder balls on their three decks, they can fire a terrible and destructive broadside. They carry a crew of over 800 sailors, gunners and marines and have more artillery than most land armies. Their cost, however, is a drawback and few navies can afford to build or maintain more than a handful of them. Their great size, however, means that an admiral and his staff can be carried with little disruption to the normal working of the ship.
One first rate flagship never even reached the sea! The British Royal Navy’s HMS St Lawrence was built, launched and served only on Lake Ontario. Shallow rapids meant that few vessels could reach the lake from the sea, and Niagara Falls prevented any ship from leaving the lake in the other direction.
The Admiral's Flagship, 1st Rate is similar to regular First Rate Ships of the Line, but boasts better hull strength in exchange for higher construction and upkeep costs. It is thus very durable and packs one of the most powerful broadsides in the game. It has four powerful cannons at both its prow and stern, making it difficult to approach (by ships with equivalent range) without taking damage. However, it has very poor speed and rather poor range, making it vulnerable to kiting from smaller, faster vessels.
Some factions' ship statistics are different from others; differences are listed below (traits that to not differ are not listed).
|Type||Accuracy||Reload Skill||Hull Strength||Speed||Morale||Cost||Upkeep|
|Light Ships||Brig • Galley • Light Galley • Race-Built Galleon • Sloop • Xebec|
|Frigates||24-pounder Frigate • Admiral's Flagship, 5th Rate • Carronade Frigate • Fifth Rate • Razee • Sixth Rate • USS Constitution|
|Ships of the Line||Admiral's Flagship, 1st Rate • Admiral's Flagship, 3rd Rate • First Rate Ship of the Line • Fourth Rate Ship of the Line • Heavy First Rate • HMS Victory • Second Rate Ship of the Line • Third Rate Ship of the Line|
|Trade Ships||Dhow • Fluyt • Galleon • Indiaman|
|Other Ships||Bomb Ketch • Rocket Ship • Steamship|