20-gun  tall ship "Blandford"



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  If a yawl was carried, it can only be  assumed that it was stowed inside the
pinnace, for if it had been set adjacent it would have greatly restricted the deck area at the waist. Alternatively it could have been towed astern. It must have been very inconvenient if it was stowed alongside the the pinnace and this may have encouraged the Navy Board to reduce the complement of boats from two to one in 1719. In the 1660s, when introduced into naval service, the yawl was clinker-built. Though Norvegian in origin they were named after their place of manufacture, and known as Deal yawls. After about 1702 they wrer, like the pinnace, carvel-built, after their mmanufacture was transferred from the Deal boatyards to the dockyards. Most yawls were eight-oared, but it  seems more likely that those carried on the Sixth Rates would have been six-oared.
  Whether any other type of boat was used as an alternative on 20-gun ships is a matter of speculation. If any were, it would heve been purely left to the commander`s discretion. The only feasible alternative would have been a longboat, which was generally replaced by pinnaces and barges over the next forty years. In most cases it would not have been practical to carry one on a Sixth Rate ship.