The British Royal Navy’s dominance of the seas in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was truly remarkable. In the twenty two years between 1793 and 1815, the Royal Navy lost seven ships of the line and 17 frigates. How many did its enemies lose?

Answer: They lost 139 ships of the line and 229 frigates. This included nine three-decked first rates, the most prestigious naval vessels. The Royal Navy lost none of these.

Source: In the Hour of Victory by Sam Willis

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