凯茜kathy~☆ (katakokk) wrote in little_details,
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Naming conventions for Age of Sail ships

Setting: Archipelago nation with a strong navy and control of sea trade, vaguely based off 17th-18th century England.

Research done: Googling, "age of sail ship naming conventions," "age of sail ship nomenclature," etc. Mostly, I come up with names of different types of ships during the Age of Sail.

Situation: So, obviously, since the archipelago deals a lot in sea trade and has a strong navy, the characters in my story will be dealing a lot with ships. My question is very general ~ were there any specific naming conventions for English and/or American warships (ship of the lines, man-o-wars, sloops, frigates, etc.), merchant ships (clippers, etc.), and (BONUS/optional) pirate ships during the Age of Sail? Basically, any specific motifs or patterns, things ships tended to be named after (mythology, ocean-related things, etc.), or just general style?

Thanks in advance!
Tags: 1600-1699, 1700s (no decades given), ~age of sail, ~boats and other things that float
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