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  • n. A sail warship, which carried her guns on two fully-armed decks. Usually additional guns were carried on the upper works (forecastle and quarterdeck) but this was not a continuous battery so were not counted. Two-deckers ranged all the way from the small 40-gun fourth-rate up to 80- or even 90-gun ships, with the third-rate or "seventy-four" being the archetype.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vessel of war carrying guns on two decks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vessel of war carrying guns on two decks.


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  • The British had a Neptune in the fight, a three-decked ship with ninety-eight guns, while this Neptune was a two-decker, though Sharpe had the impression she was bigger than the Pucelle.

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  • The nearest enemy ship now was a two-decker that was laid alongside the bigger Victory.

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  • A sail warship that carried guns on two fully armed decks. Usually additional guns were carried on the upper works (forecastle and quarterdeck), but this was not a continuous battery, so these were not counted.

    December 4, 2007