H.M.S. Trusty in English Harbour, Antigua


The 50-gun ship Trusty takes on stores, while to the right a sloop is careened for attention. Fifty-gun ships were too small for battleships and too slow and unweatherly for anything else, but they did have two gun decks and twenty-four pounder cannon, and so usefully filled a niche as overseas and flotilla flagships. Some were built as late as 1814.

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