frigate,

Category: Military | Type: Glossary Word | Title: Persuasion (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 6

"A war-vessel. In the Royal Navy, formerly a vessel of the class next in size and equipment to ships of the line, carrying from 28 to 60 guns on the main deck and a raised quarter-deck and forecastle. A large war ship with a great many cannons, perhaps three decks of cannon" (OED).

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