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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Thirdly: Some eighteen or twenty years ago Commodore J then commanding an American sloop-of-war of the first class, happened to be dining with a party of whaling captains, on board a Nantucket ship in the harbor of Oahu, Sandwich Islands.
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.
The ship was a wooden sloop-of-war, carrying out blockade duty off Charleston, South Carolina, where the first shots of the American Civil War had been fired almost three years before.
IN MAY 1811, thirteen months before the outbreak of the War of 1812, the American frigate President (commanded by Commodore John Rodgers) engaged the British sloop-of-war Little Belt (commanded by Commander Arthur Bingham) in a short, bloody battle approximately fifty miles off the North Carolina coast.
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 United States Sloop-of-War Constellation, commissioned in July 1855, was open to the public and to people with disabilities who use mobility devices.