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Thread #2169 Message #2736845
Posted By: Rumncoke
02-Oct-09 - 03:50 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Admiral Benbow
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Admiral Benbow (from June Tabor)
I believe that the Ruby was a sloop of war, a vessel smaller than a frigate, with lighter and/or fewer guns and built for speed rather than battling broadside to broadside.
The definition of sloop has certainly altered over the centuries, and the modern sloops are a design from the Caribbean islands.