|Heavy First Rate|
|Belongs to||Most Western factions|
|Guns||122 (57 on each side, 4 bow chasers, 4 stern chasers)|
|Produced from||Steam Drydock|
|Special abilities||Top Gallants|
The Heavy First Rate is a ship type in Empire: Total War.
For some navies big is never quite big enough! This oversized "first rate ship of the line" is more a floating fortress than a mere battleship.
This 120-gun (or larger) "first rate" is larger than a normal ship of that class, and far more powerful than a simple count of guns would imply. The ship carries 32-, 24- and 18-pounders its decks, and wherever possible heavier guns to replace the standard cannon found on a normal first rate. The result is quite expensive, very powerful, very prestigious warship, but one that can have limited utility. Few nations could afford the expense of building and crewing such a vessel, or can operate it far from shore facilities for very long. Its sailing qualities might be charitable described as "lubberly": this is not a ship for chasing down enemies. All these drawbacks are secondary to its massive firepower and intimidating presence: this is a ship for dashing enemies to very small pieces!
Historically, only the Santisima Trinidad, a Spanish "super battleship" of four decks and some 136 guns, ever fought in action. Constructed as a three-decker she was enormous at 120 guns, ever before her reworking. She fought at Cape St Vincent (1797) and Trafalgar (1805), and foundered after the latter battle in a storm while being towed away as a prize. The American USS Pennsylvania (ordered 1821; completed 1837) never saw action. The US Navy destroyed her in 1860 to keep her out of Confederate hands.
The heavy first rate is the most expensive and powerful naval unit in the game. Carrying well over 100 cannons and boasting a massive crew, the heavy first rate is a force not to be taken lightly or contended with. Being the strongest and most powerful vessel afloat, the heavy first rate is also the slowest ship.
Heavy first rates shine their brightest when in the middle of the action: their thick hulls make them nearly invulnerable to fire from anything other than ships of the line, and their broadsides are enough to beat any ship into submission with just one or two salvos.
While their firepower per cannon are nominally weaker than that of a First Rate Ship of the Line, they more than make up for this with the extra cannons they bear.
Eastern and Indian factions cannot field first rates, although they can commandeer them if they can capture them intact. 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|