A portait of two old ladies from the age of sail (in upstart)
For several centuries the ships of the Danish Navy have been termed 'Orlogsskibe'. The word 'orlog' is derived from Dutch and means war; 'orlogsskib' therefore means warship. The largest ships are called ships of the line. This name has its origin in the naval tactics of the 18th century. A ship of the line was a ship with a size and firepower that allowed it to participate in the tactical formation called the line. According to their size the ships of the line had two or three complete gun decks. The ship was full-rigged with three masts and carried at least 50 guns. The three-deckers were about 60 meters in length and 15 meters in breadth. Their crew numbered well over 900 men.