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HM Bomb Vessel Granado by SeanDouglas HM Bomb Vessel Granado by SeanDouglas
Launched in 1742, Granado was one of the class of bomb vessels developed from the earlier Alderney class.

Bomb vessels such as Granado were the first ships designed to bombard land-based targets from the sea. Mounted on the foredeck was a 13-inch mortar, capable of firing a 200lb bomb some 2 miles. The recoil of the mortars was tremendous and a huge bed of timbers was built to absorb some of the shock. This bed started with 5 enormous riders straddling the keelson, topped with huge fore-and-aft timbers. More transverse timbers went on top and so on until they reached deck level.

The bomb bed took up so much space within the hull that mounting a foremast was impossible. However, the omission of the foremast meant that the centre of effort was well aft in the ship and to compensate enormous headsails were rigged on an overlength bowsprit. Bomb vessels weren't renowned as good sailers, although Granado was considered to be one of the least worst in her class.

This drawing was done for my own amusement, and took a lot longer than I hoped.
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TheUnsquishedGoomba Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A bomb vessel is a new one to me. :)
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
They're pretty interesting if you get the chance to read more. Thanks for the fave.
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RIVERKING Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
THE LONG BOWSPRIT AT FIRST MADE ME WONDER IF IT WAS A SLOOP, BUT I RECKON IT WOULD JUST HAVE ONE MAST TO BE A SLOOP. GREAT JOB!
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
These ships were often re-rigged as sloops to perform general squadron duties when there was no bombardment work. To do so they'd remove the whole mortar bed and fit a foremast. I'm actually not quite sure what defines a sloop, but I think that a single masted vessel would more likely be a cutter.
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RIVERKING Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
OKAY. BUT WHENEVER I'VE LOOKED UP SLOOPS, IT'S BEEN A SMALLER SINGLE-MAST SHIP WITH A BOWSPRIT THAT WAS ALMOST AS LONG AS THE HULL ITSELF. I READ THAT A SLOOP WAS OFTEN A PIRATE'S SHIP OF CHOICE, BECAUSE IT WAS SMALLER AND FASTER, BUT COULD STILL CARRY A GOOD BIT OF LOOT IN HER TUB-LIKE HOLD.
I HAVE 2 TOY SLOOPS FROM "PLAYMOBIL" BRAND THAT I PUT IN THE RIVER, AND THEY SAIL QUITE WELL.
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
I guess there's always more to learn huh?
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PixeledGirl777SB Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
WOW! :wow: :+fav:
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SeanDouglas Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
Thank you, and thanks for the fave.
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PixeledGirl777SB Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
no problem =)
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blueseatraveller Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
Whow, alot of compliments from me, I could never draw ships like that, in fact I only know how to take photos of them :-) That looks grat !
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