The second of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s new Tide-class support ships, RFA Tiderace, has arrived in Cornwall to begin a programme of customisation that will support 300 UK jobs. Like her sister ship RFA Tidespring, which arrived in April this year, the 39,000-tonne RFA Tiderace can carry up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,400 cubic metres of fresh water in support of Royal Navy operations all over the world. She has been designed to support the new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers, the first of which, HMS Queen Elizabeth, arrived in Portsmouth last month. Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin said: This year of the Royal Navy goes from strength to strength as we welcome yet another new ship into the UK’s growing fleet.
Sixth-rate was the designation used by the Royal Navy for small warships mounting between 18 and 28 nine-pounder guns on a single deck, sometimes with guns on the upper works and sometimes without. Sixth-rate ships typically had a crew of about 150 and measured between 450 and 550 tons. Usually sixth-rates were small frigates. Some larger ship-rigged, flush-decked vessels, were rated, which meant they were large enough to rate a Post-Captain in command, instead of a Lieutenant or Commander.
In later years sixth-rate frigates were sometimes called "jackass frigates", as they were really not quite big enough for proper frigate duties.
First rate Ship-of-the-line - 3 Deckers
Second rate ship of the line
Third rate ships of the line
Fourth rate ships
Fifth rate ships
Sixth rate Ships
Fire Ship of 14 guns