They were small craft, of the "Pinnace" type, ship-rigged, with spritsail-topmasts.
The term “sloop” is now usually applied to a man-of-war, ship-rigged, and carrying less than 18 guns.
The new Wasp, like her sister ships, carried twenty-two guns and a crew of one hundred and seventy men, and was ship-rigged.
The stem raked a good deal for a ship-rigged vessel; the post raked slightly.
She measured nearly eight hundred tons, was ship-rigged, and had been built many years.