28-gun frigate, c 1775.
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Model (scale 1:48). View of quarterdeck. The name frigate was given to various types of warships at different periods. The best known application was to the 18th century vesel specially designed for scouting, convoy duties and attacks on enemy merchant ships, which carried its main armament on a single gun deck. In 1757 a new clas of vesels was introduced, the 32-gun frigate, and by the end of the century the fleet contained frigates of up to 40 guns. Between 1770 and 1783 some twenty 28-gun frigates were built in the 'Enterprize' Clas, of similar dimensions to this model which was made by Sir John Williams (active 1765-1784).