Castles in the Sea

By Gregory Robinson, published November 1927


The design of the capital ship is revisited drawing on newly examined historical records and a scale model to demonstrate the solutions developed to provide square fighting platforms in round ships. This resulted in castles fore and aft in medieval carrack-fashion craft, stepped horizontal gun decks behind the sheer hulls of Elizabethan galleon-built vessels, and flush decks for 17th and 18th century capital ships to maximise the effectiveness of their broadside batteries. These latter vessels were described as built frigate-fashion and the confusion caused by this term, suggesting that frigates were sometimes counted as capital ships, is examined and clarified.

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Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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