HMS Victory (ETW Unit)
Like all first rates, Victory is not a handy ship, being both slow and unresponsive. Good sailing qualities, however, are secondary to the weight of broadside that she can both deliver and withstand. This is important in a warship that is intended to form the centrepiece of any squadron and act as an admiral’s flagship.
Completed in 1765, Victory is probably the most famous first rate in history, and the only one still in existence. The work of naval architect and genius Sir Thomas Slade, Victory was always intended to be a flagship; the Royal Navy preferred the smaller 74s as battleships. Forty years later, in 1805, she was Horatio Nelson’s flagship at Trafalgar, a battle which gave the Royal Navy undisputed mastery of the world’s oceans for more than a century.
As of 2008, the ship is still the flagship to “CINCNAVHOME”, a rather unromantic NATO-speak acronym for the Royal Navy’s Second Sea Lord. The ship is in dry dock in southern England as part of the Portsmouth Dockyards museum. Modern RN warships still salute the Victory as they enter and leave harbour.
The HMS Victory is recruitable only by Great Britain and the pride of the British fleet. A stronger, sturdier, morale-inspired first rate, Victory is ideal as a flag ship and can best almost any other ship of the line in broadside action. The HMS Victory possesses somewhat less firepower than a standard first rate, to compensate for its its sturdier hull. Aside from these differences, the two ship types are virtually identical. Despite the fact that there is a one unit cap for the HMS victory, multiple ships named HMS Victory may be obtained if the original is captured, allowing the British Faction to build another.