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Admiral's Flagship, 3rd Rate
Admiral's Flagship, 3rd Rate
Belongs to All Factions
Crew 199
Guns 74 (35 on each side, 2 bow chasers, 2 stern chasers)
Firepower 1316
Range 400
Accuracy 40
Reloading skill 15
Hull strength 5280
Speed 16
Maneuverability Low
Produced from Drydock
Special abilities Top Gallants
Cost 2540 SP/2010 MP
Upkeep 630

Admiral's Flagship, 3rd Rate is a ship type in Empire: Total War.


The third rate is a compromise between firepower and handling. A stable gun platform, it also makes a good flagship.

Overall, the “74” (from the number of guns carried) or “third rate” is a very practical vessel. With a crew of around 700 men, it has enough firepower and resilience to survive most battles. It can deliver a horrendously effective broadside from its 32-pounders (on the lower deck), 18-pounders on the upper deck and 9-pounders in the upper works. It also has enough space to house an admiral and his busy staff in some comfort, even if the ship’s officers have to sacrifice their living space.

Historically, many admirals and commodores chose 74s to be their flag vessels. In the 18th Century “commodore” was not a formalised naval rank, but an appointment as a “temporary fleet commander”. Appointing a commodore allowed the navy to choose any talented or well-connected captain, no matter how junior, for command. Admiral was usually a rank that any captain, no matter how useless, could reach if he lived for long enough!

General InformationEdit

The Admiral's Flagship, 3rd Rate is near-identical to regular third rates save the fact that it has better hull strength. Like third rates, this ship type has an excellent mix of characteristics, allowing it to go toe-to-toe with larger ships while being maneuverable enough to make it difficult for lighter frigates to take advantage of it.

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
Standard 40 15 5280 14 9 2514 620
France 50 15 5422 15 11 2530 630

Great Britain

40 30 5544 14 12 2540 630
Russia 40 15 5280 14 11 2510 620
Spain 40 15 5280 14 11 2500 620
United States 40 25 5544 14 11 2510 620
Light Ships BrigGalleyLight GalleyRace-Built GalleonSloopXebec
Frigates 24-pounder FrigateAdmiral's Flagship, 5th RateCarronade FrigateFifth RateRazeeSixth RateUSS Constitution
Ships of the Line Admiral's Flagship, 1st RateAdmiral's Flagship, 3rd RateFirst Rate Ship of the LineFourth Rate Ship of the LineHeavy First RateHMS VictorySecond Rate Ship of the LineThird Rate Ship of the Line
Trade Ships DhowFluytGalleonIndiaman
Other Ships Bomb KetchRocket ShipSteamship

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