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Ship of the Line 5

His Majesty's Ship, Tonnant, currently serves as the flagship of Vice Admiral Johnathan O' Reilly, duly appointed commander of the Mediterranean Fleet in the Royal Navy. She was originally planned to be built on the eighteenth of May, in the year of 1703, for Vice Admiral William Collins, but building was postponed due to untimely weather. The construction of the ship was underway by the twenty fourth, and the ship began to take form in the Falmouth drydock by the fourth of June. After three tiresome years of labour, she was finally completed by the second of May, 1706. She was christened in Falmouth Harbour one week later, to be sent immediately to battle with the Spanish.

Background

On the sixteenth of May, in the year of 1703, Vice Admiral Sir William Collins sent, in a strongly worded letter to the Admiralty, a formal request for the construction of a new flagship, as his previous was slowly becoming unseaworthy, and unfit for battle; a relic of the past. After careful consideration, the Admiralty consented to the request, and began planning the construction of a 112 gun ship-of-the-line for His Majesty's service.

Unfortunately, untimely weather set in to Falmouth Bay, the Tonnant's site of construction. Gales blew in from the sea for days, ultimately delaying the construction. After six days of delay, the dry dock crew began to place together the outline of the Tonnant, and her base was finished by the fourth of June. The construction crew took a shocking two years and twenty two days to finish the entire mass of the ship, hull, rigging, and all. She was christened three weeks later, on the twnety fifth of June, in the year of 1706.

She immediately took up station in the Channel Fleet under Collins, serving as his flagship in the Battle of the Channel. After five hours and thirty eight minutes, she and the remnants of the Channel Fleet prevailed against the Spanish invaders, repelling the bloody attack.

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