Two-decker

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A two-decker is a sail warship which carried her guns on two fully armed decks. Usually additional guns were carried on the upper works (forecastle and quarterdeck), but this was not a continuous battery, so were not counted.

Two-deckers ranged all the way from the small 40-gun Fifth rate up to 80- or even 90-gun ships, with the third-rate or "seventy-four" being the archetype.