First rate

What does "First rate" mean?

Today it means: The best, of high quality.

Ships in the Royal Navy were rated on their size and number of guns. A ship of 100 or more and spaced over 3 decks was first rate. Lord Admiral Nelsons ship, HMS Victory, was such a ship.

See also: A.1.   

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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