Posted by Ken on May 15, 1998 at 15:22:56:
In response to Men o' war, written by Kate on May 14, 1998 at 23:42:13
] ] a man of War of 55 Guns
] ] I guess it is some kind of ship, isn't it. But why does she call it a "man"?
] Becasue a "man of war" is actually a type of ship.
Yes, but a generic name for any armed combatant, and this one technically, a 4th-rate ship. By Austen's time, obsolete: not strong enough to stand in the line of battle any longer (although cf. Nelson's fleet at the Nile!--but that was exceptional), not fast enough to catch a 5th rate frigate.
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