‘It turns out that the Danish gunboats are rather better than ours. They draw less water and carry heavier ordnance and the results are not at all pretty.’
—Bernard Cornwell, Sharpe's Prey
With a cheap pricetag and fast-firing short-range guns, what isn't there to like about this warship? it can be easily spammed on water maps, and in great numbers can be used to harass Frigates and defend Fire Vessels moving in on their mark, making them ideal for early-game aggressive play. The only issue however is that this craft is still one of the slower light warships and is also somewhat weak, so the best you can do with this unit is to use it to defend your naval assets from attacks by sea. You can build up and hold these units early on to defend your ports and harbours until larger warships such as Ships of the Line may be brought into play.
At the onset of the 19th century, almost eight centuries of continuous confict between Denmark and her longterm rivals — particularly the Swedes and their allies — had left Denmark near the point of exhaustion as she slipped into geostrategic obscurity, eclipsed by rising powers such as France, Russia and, most notably, Britain. The nation in general had fought long and hard against the Swedes for domination of Norway and control of the Oresund, the narrow sound that separates Sweden from Europe and which was a vital gateway for trade between the Atlantic Ocean and the Baltic Sea.
Unsurprisingly, the Danish Navy thus was short on blue water assets such as frigates and ships of the line, and instead chose a defensive strategy in dealing with the British, using multiple small boats of varying size, each armed with a powerful high-calibre gun.