Terminology from the Age of Sail

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Knot: A unit of measure used to express the speed of a ship in nautical miles per hour. One knot = 1.151 statute miles per hour.

In the Age of Sail, speeds of 4 to 12 knots were typical depending on vessel type, wind speed and direction. The 14 knot cruising speed of the 1779 frigate USS Constellation being indeed very fast and earning her the nickname Yankee Race Horse.

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