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Woolwich ship launches

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The launch of His Majesty's 84-gun ship the Thunderer.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: PW8056
Description: The 'Thunderer' was a first-rate ship of the line. A ship's 'rate' was basically decided by the number of guns she carried, from the largest 120-gun first-rate, down to sixth rate 20-gun ships. The first-rate were the biggest ships of the fleet, with their gun batteries carried on three decks. They were generally used as flagships and fought in the centre of the line-of-battle.
Creator: G.B. Campion (artist), R. Ackerman (publisher)
Date: 1831
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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