The Seventy-Four

   The Seventy-Four was a type of two-decked sailing ship of the line nominally carrying 74 guns.

   Remarkable for:   The Seventy-Fours were a mainstay of the world's fleets into the early decades of the 19th century.  Invented by the French, this ship type was a very large two-decker, big enough to carry the largest common type of gun (36-pounders) on the lower gun deck. This great firepower was combined with very good sailing qualities.

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