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Sloop of War

USS Constellation, Naples 1856, by Tommaso De Simone

Photograph Courtesy of the USS Constellation Museum, Baltimore, MD
Definition:

The Sloop of War was a type of warship used during the Age of Sail. Smaller than a frigate, sloops of war were armed ships of various types that usually mounted fewer than 28 guns.

While many sloops of war were ship-rigged (three masts, square sails), the classification may be extended to encompass other type of armed ships such as brigs.

Examples:
USS Constellation (1854), USS Niagara
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