|Admiral's Flagship, 5th Rate|
|Belongs to||All factions|
|Guns||48 (23 on each side, two bow chasers)|
|Produced from||Dockyard or higher|
|Special abilities||Top Gallants|
|Cost||1560 SP/1330 MP|
Admiral's Flagship, 5th Rate is a ship type in Empire: Total War.
Flagship frigates are single-deck warships, combining good handling, firepower and endurance at sea.
These handy frigates are used for pursuit, convoy protection, commerce raiding and reconnaissance work and, when operating as a detached squadron, as a flagship for the admiral in charge. Excellent sailing characteristics, especially in inshore waters, make it a useful addition to any blockading fleet, and perfect for aggressive admirals. Accommodations for the flag officer and his small staff may be a little on the snug side, as these are fighting vessels with little spare room for many creature comforts. This is a footling inconvenience when considered against the chance to carry the fight to the foe! An admiral’s flagship, normally a somewhat staid appointment, is an excellent appointment for men who are hungry for glory – when that flagship is a frigate.
Historically, the term “fifth rate” is a Royal Navy one, and applies to the largest single-deck frigates, mounting some 44 12-pounder guns. However, every navy that used European designs found a use for this class of vessel.
The Admiral's Flagship, 5th Rate is virtually identical to its regular counterpart, the Fifth Rate, although it has superior hull strength. Like the fifth rate, the Admiral's Flagship, 5th Rate is the heaviest ship to still possess 500 range, while also possessing good firepower as well as excellent handling and speed. This makes it one of the best ships to use while kiting larger ships. Smaller ships may conversely find it hard to use their speed to their advantage against this ship due to their equal range.
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|