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Age of Sail Warships

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 6/11/2014

Early naval warfare was typified by wooden, tall-masted, wind-powered vessels armed with cannon with crews made up of both sailors and soldiers.

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There are a total of 18 Age of Sail Warships in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by initial year of service. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1855
Bretagne (1855)
The French Navy struggled to regain its former glory into the 1840s, particularly when pushed away from warfare with Britain ...
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1400
Carrack
In the 15th Century, Western Europeans were consistently venturing further into Atlantic waters for empirical conquest and ec...
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1514
Henry Grace a Dieu (1514)
In 1514, King Henry VIII of England built the "Henry Grace a Dieu" ("Henry, Grace of God") which was called by the men who sa...
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1587
HMS Ark Royal (1587)
In 1586, an English galleon was ordered by Sir Walter Raleigh from the shipbuilder R. Chapman located in Depford, England. As...
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1852
HMS Duke of Wellington
HMS Duke of Wellington was a hybrid ship of sorts, initially operating under sail power but eventually giving way to the adve...
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1786
HMS Royal Sovereign
HMS Royal Sovereign served the British Royal Navy during the latter portion of the 18th Century and the early portion of the ...
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1765
HMS Victory (1765)
As fate would have it in 1758, the same year of Lord Nelson's birth the Board of Admiralty ordered twelve new ships of the li...
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1791
Orient (Dauphin Royal / Sans-Culotte)
In 1780, the French Navy came to the decision, with advice from Jean-Charles de Borda, a knight, naval officer and a member o...
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1774
USS Alfred (1774)
The Alfred became a 30 gun man-of-war (20 x 9-pounder cannons and 10 x 6-pounder cannons, both smoothbore) for the burgeoning...
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1782
USS America (1782)
On November 9th, 1776, the Continental Congress authorized the construction and purchase of three 74-gun ships. The first of...
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1765
USS Bonhomme Richard (1765)
The Duc de Duras, a 900 ton merchant ship built in France for the French East India Company in 1765, transported freight betw...
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1797
USS Constitution
The USS Constitution was a product of changing times in America's policy. Fresh off of their independence war decades earlier...
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1797
USS United States (1797)
The Congressional Act to Provide Naval Armament (known as the Naval Act of 1794) was passed by the United States Congress on ...
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1775
USS Wasp (1775)
The short-lived eight-gun schooner USS Wasp was born as a two-masted merchantman known as the "Scorpion". The Continental Con...
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1840
USS Yorktown (1840)
In 1815, the entire United States naval force consisted of 18 warships - the USS Independence, a 90-gun ship-of-the-line, 5 f...
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