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War at Sea: Galley vs Sailing Ship

Discussion in 'Research' started by Aldarion, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. Aldarion

    Aldarion Sage

    This is what I wrote as a result of my research on whether to use galleys or sailing ships as primary warships in my setting.

    War at Sea – Galley vs Sailing Ship

    To summarize:
    1) ramming is only really useful against hull-first construction ships, unless there is a massive weight advantage to a ship doing the ramming.
    2) once ramming stops being useful, sailling ships gain advantage in combat due to their height advantage, while galley remains useful for shore patrol and amphibious operations
    3) introduction of bronze cannon shifts advantage back to galley, as it can maneuver into position to bring bow-mounted armaments to bear
    4) introduction of iron cannon shifts advantage back to sailing ship, as they can mount massive number of cannons compared to galleys
    Insolent Lad likes this.

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