Ship of the Line Setting & Symbolism

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HMS Sutherland

Sutherland, a third-rate of 74 guns, is a captured English ship-of-the-line, formerly the Dutch Eendracht; she has been remodeled and rearmed per English sentiment but of course retains her round bow. Hornblower considers her the most ugly and least desirable two-decker in the Royal Navy, though she has retained a large stern gallery of which Hornblower is particularly fond. Sutherland was built to operate in shallow waters, and her draft is considerably less than the typical English ship-of-the-line, though at the expense of her being rather beamy and round-bottomed. Because of this, she makes a notable amount of leeway. Sutherland is destroyed during the final climactic battle of the novel; she otherwise proves an exceptionally able ship. Her crew compliment is given in slightly different figures throughout the text, but she would carry about 650-700 seamen and 90 marines. Sutherland carries 18-pounder guns on her upper deck and...

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