Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Formerly, in the British navy, a sloop of war under the command of a captain of full rank: so called because officers of such high rank were supposed to fly their pennant on nothing lower in rating than a ship or frigate.
“Essex ended most unfortunately at Valparaiso, where the frigate was attacked while in port by the British thirty-six-gun frigate Phoebe and eighteen-gun ship-sloop Cherub.”
“The "Peacock" was a ship-sloop of twenty-two guns, with a crew of one hundred and sixty-six men.”
“O. August 13th a sail was made out to windward, which proved to be the British ship-sloop _Alert_, 16, Captain T.L. O. L.ugharne, carrying 20 eighteen-pound carronades and 100 men.”
“But the little 12-pounder _Alexandria_, and the ship-sloop with her 18-pound carronades, would not have stood the ghost of a chance in the contest.”
“On October 13, 1812, the American 18-gun ship-sloop _Wasp_, Captain”
“On the 15th she recaptured an American brig from the British ship-sloop _Avenger_, though the latter escaped; Capt.”
“Later we built sloops that rated 18 and mounted 22 guns, but when one was captured it was also put down in the British navy list as an 18-gun ship-sloop.”
“The first was an eighteen-gun ship-sloop, which at the very outset of the war captured a British brig-sloop of twenty guns, after an engagement in which the British fought with great gallantry, but were knocked to Pieces, while the Americans escaped comparatively unscathed.”
“She was a ship-sloop of 28 guns -- long 18-pounders -- with a flush deck fore and aft.”
“Congo while engaged upon a search of that river for slavers; and that a small felucca named the _Wasp_ -- a tender to the British ship-sloop”
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