Originally a sloop referred to a ship with a forward and aft rig. The front rig often had a sloping effect. Over time though, the reference to a sloop often referred to the size and speed of a ship. Basically they were smaller, more manoeuverable and faster than typical ships. They were often assigned to communications, reconnoitering, anti-slaving, anti-smuggling, and other roles to which required speed and manoeuvrability.

HMS Wanderer, 1883

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