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I.M. Bates,
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    The Royal Navy Coventry class frigates were certainly equipped to use sweep oars in emergencies. HMS Medea (28) escaped attack by French ships of the line twice and captured a smaller ship in 1783 in India using sweeps. See Bates IM, Champion of the Quarterdeck: Admiral Sir Erasmus Gower (1742-1814) pp. 139, 140, 144.