sloop of war

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sloop of war

n. pl. sloops of war
A small warship carrying guns on one deck only.

sloop of war

n
(Military) (formerly) a small fast sailing warship mounting some 10 to 30 small calibre guns on one deck

sloop′ of war′


n.
an armed sailing vessel, smaller than a frigate, having cannons on only one deck.
[1695–1705]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sloop of war - a sailing or steam warship having cannons on only one deck
combat ship, war vessel, warship - a government ship that is available for waging war
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But not content with this good deed, the indefatigable house again bestirred itself: Samuel and all his Sons --how many, their mother only knows --and under their immediate auspices, and partly, I think, at their expense, the British government was induced to send the sloop-of-war Rattler on a whaling voyage of discovery into the South Sea.
sloop-of-war Shorewater, through whose wireless Lord Greystoke soon got in communication with London.
6) This vessel was said to be a sloop-of-war but may have been the EIC's Ariel, a gun-brig commanded by Lieut.
In one instance, the sloop-of-war Rattler captured an American supply schooner loaded with government stores for the troops at Eastport off West Quoddy Light, only a few miles from its destination.
The first known instance of a lady sponsor for an American ship was for the sloop-of-war Concord in 1827.
Within a week, the project's details were set, and by June 4, according to a June 8, 1798, article in the Newburyport Herald and Country Gazette, many of the contracts for building their ship (the sloop-of-war Merrimack) had already been signed (32).
The board in its present configuration was brought together in July of 1999 when the ship was returned to the Inner Harbor restored to her original configuration as the 1854 sloop-of-war.