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Question of tite-cat (10.24.2015): Were the clippers armed? How many sailors minimum were needed to maneuver one, and how many to maneuver a frigate? Congratulations on
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Here is an example of the number of sailors on the frigate VIII "La Renommée" (Fame) which amounts to a total of 206 souls:
- Staff Grade: 10
- Guards of the Navy: 6
- Petty: 39 (Petty Officers career)
- Gabiers (Seaman attending the sails and rigging of a ship): 6
- Crew: 109
- Soldiers: 30
- Miscellaneous: 6