Ship of the Line from battleships-cruisers.co.uk - History of the Ship of the Line of the Royal Navy from the galleons of 1650 to the First Rate 120 gun Ship of the Line of 1845, including Caledonia Class, Queen Charlotte, Trafalgar, Victory, Leviathan, Royal Sovereign, Vengeur and Black Prince Class.
One can measure ships in terms of overall length, length of the waterline, beam (breadth), depth (distance between the crown of the weather deck and the top of the keelson), draft (distance between the highest waterline and the bottom of the ship) and tonnage.
Until the application of the steam engine to ships in the early 19th century, oars propelled galleys or the wind propelled sailingships.
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