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Post HEIC defenses
The Naval Chronicle provides input regarding the defenses of HEIC ships in 1801, when the company ordered heavier weapons in its larger ships.
To wit:
Vessels of 1200 tons burthen to carry 38 pieces of ordnance, each of which is to be an 18-pounder; 26 are to be mounted on the principal battery; 10 to be carried on the upper deck and two in the after ports, eight feet in length, to serve as stern-chasers. The vessels of 800 tons are to carry 32 pieces of ordnance, 20 are to be mounted on the principal battery, or gundeck, 10 on the upper deck and two carronades, 18-pounders, in the after ports as stern-chasers. The ships are all to be fitted with boarding nettings, at least half mast high, and close round the quarters. The men to be stationed in the tops are to be armed with swivels, musquetoons and pole-axes. A Master at Arms is to be carried in each ship in order to teach the crew the exercise. The former method of defence in general practice on board East India ships was 20 guns on the principal battery and six on the quarterdeck. Their weight of metal was limited to 12 and 9 pounders which was very inadequate to the defence proper to be made by ships of so respectable a construction and equipment; hence the losses which have been sustained by captures this war.


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