Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Ship Types: The Frigate

The Frigate

The term frigate does not describe a specific type of ship but refers to a ship smaller and faster than a regular battleship.

In the Seventeenth Century for patrolling and escorting other ships. They usually had one gun deck with other guns on the spar deck. They were very commonly used and occasionally filled in for other types of ships as raiders or in battle, placed between larger ships.

The ship in the movie Master and Commander is a frigate, the USS Constitution is also a frigate and is a tourist attraction in Boston, Massachusetts.

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