A 74 Gun Ship of the line of the British Royal Navy on the high seas from about 1794.

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A 74 Gun Ship of the line of the British Royal Navy on the high seas from about 1794.
Walker Art Library / Alamy Stock Photo
Image ID: BR2B6W
A ship-of-the-line was a type of naval warship constructed from the 17th century through the mid-19th century to take part in the naval tactic known as the line of battle, in which two columns of opposing warships would manoeuvre to bring the greatest weight of broadside guns to bear. (Mitchell 96)