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  • The original article referred to the Spanish four-decker as Santa Trinadada.

    Trafalgar account is rare voice from below decks

  • Hope described how his ship engaged the Spanish four-decker Santísima Trinidad, alongside Nelson's flagship Victory, but was soon caught in a firestorm, and surrounded by French ships.

    Trafalgar account is rare voice from below decks

  • Their arsenal might include the only four-decker gunship in the world, the Santísima Trinidad, but Sir Francis Drake had proved as far back as 1588 that such lumbering platforms of antique hierarchy could be harried to death by smaller vessels with keener crews.

    Triumph at Trafalgar

  • The Berrybender Narratives are to be a tetralogy, or four-decker, in which we follow the adventures of a great English sporting family, the Berrybenders, as they make their way through the American West, in the years 1832–36.

    The Berrybender Narratives

  • The four-decker Casabarela Regnant, looming above the rain-pecked waves like some monstrous floating fort, was singled out for special attention by tiny marauders who slipped beneath her guns and bombarded her rudder.

    Conqueror's Moon

  • He yanked open the top drawer of a four-decker file cabinet.

    Brannon's Choice

  • Those ships were the brute killers of the deep, the slab-sided gun batteries that could hurl a slaughterous weight of metal, but Chase, without showing any alarm at the prospect, told Sharpe there was a famous Spanish four-decker, the largest ship in the world, that carried over a hundred and thirty guns.

    Sharpe's Trafalgar

  • Unable to stand the tremendous fire of the VICTORY, whose larboard guns played against this great four-decker, and not knowing how else to escape them, nor where else to betake themselves for protection, many of them leaped overboard and swam to the VICTORY; and were actually helped up her sides by the English during the action.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

  • The Spaniards had one four-decker, of one hundred and thirty-six guns; six three-deckers, of one hundred and twelve; two eighty-four, eighteen seventy-four -- in all, twenty-seven ships of the line, with ten frigates and a brig.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

  • He waved a ripe Trichinopoly cigar above a four-decker sandwich and roared:

    The Earth Book of Stormgate

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  • Any advance on four now? Are we down and done at four?

    August 31, 2009

  • See three-decker and two-decker.

    December 4, 2007