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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2018 3:31 p.m. PST

…. Last Sailing Warships.

"FRANCE'S Valmy was a behemoth. In fact, she was hands-down the largest sail-powered fighting ship ever built.

The three-decker sported a 200-foot-long hull and housed a crew of 1,100. She also packed a staggering 120 guns, all of which that could throw a thousand pounds of iron in a single broadside. While a small handful of other vessels, namely Spain's Santísima Trinidad (140 guns), carried more cannons, they were all dwarfed by Valmy's staggering 5,800-ton displacement.

But most surprising of all, the Valmy, which was laid down in 1838 and completed a decade later, was obsolete even before construction on her had started. The last naval battle in history fought entirely by sail-powered vessels (at Navarino) took place in the 1820s and by the following decade, newer steam-powered warships were taking Europe's navies by storm….."
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