Typically the Frigate would carry between 24 and 40 guns ranging in size between 12 and 24 pounders. The Frigate was the midsized Man-O-War, It was still ship rigged with three masts but was noticably smaller than a Ship of the Line. The whole thing about the Santisima being only fit for static defence is most likely a little bit exxagerated by now, but there is a definite historical basis for it. Cruiser: a ship smaller and more maneuverable than a battleship; but large, heavily-armed and armored enough to operate independently without support (i.e. Frigates were involved in fleet battles, often as "repeating frigates". Mind you, Sovereign is still a ship of the line; she's damn tough, and she'll *annihilate* any mere frigate if she manages to bring her full firepower to bear.It's just the design of an 1640s ship of the line is optimized for absurdly short ranges compared to the 1800s, and her long range battery is extremely light despite the very large number of guns she carries. It would typically have a full battery of guns on the gun deck and a light battery on a spar deck. A ship of the line was a type of naval warship constructed from the 17th century to the mid-19th century. The time taken for a 40 gun frigate to dismast a ship of the line is much less than the time taken for a ship of the line with 100 guns to dismast a frigate. Kitsune. Slightly superior to the Large Frigate, the SOL is commonly known to be the most powerful and rarest warship in the game, able to carry the maximum number of guns (48; 24 each side), the largest cargo hold and largest crew capacity. I was reading that generally two deck "ships of line" had better sailing qualities than three deck "ship â¦ Well it's displacement,dimensions and capabilities. Of the 55 nations that own frigate ships, China leads the world with 52 frigates across three different classes, followed â perhaps surprisingly â by Taiwan, which has 24, and the US with 22 vessels. A Ship of the Line (SOL) is generally a large warship, belonging to the Frigate Class. 3,540 6. Cruise). Sailing Qualities - 3 deck "Ships of Line" vs large frigates Sailing Qualities - 3 deck "Ships of Line" vs large frigates . 3,540 6. The video captures the fighting during and after the MEN captured the north sea tower on 28 August, 2010 at approximately 1:00 p.m. EST. All three are surface combatants. Kitsune. Almost every navy has a frigate. Usually, frigates would fight in small numbers or singly against other frigates. They would avoid contact with ships-of-the-line; even in the midst of a fleet engagement it was bad etiquette for a ship of the line to fire on an enemy frigate which had not fired first. It would typically have a full battery of guns on the gun deck and a light battery on a spar deck. So if we're talking about ships of line, then a well-built 74 was probably a decent handler for its size, whereas a really big ship would stray into the 'handle like a bus' territory. All three can be equipped to engage air, surface and sub surface threats. Sometimes quantity is better than quality. All three types have the ability to patrol in near shore,off shore and deep waters. Frigate vs destroyer â what are some of the key differences? Post Aug 03, 2011 #1 2011-08-03T15:42. The Frigate was the midsized Man-O-War, It was still ship rigged with three masts but was noticeably smaller than a Ship of the Line.