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When were the first accounts of fire ships? They were used in The American Revolutionary War but is there any other sources saying that these were used beforehand?

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closed as off-topic by Kobunite, Pieter Geerkens, LateralFractal, American Luke, Yannis Oct 23 '13 at 11:10

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_ship answers this fairly well thanks to Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War. – Kobunite Oct 18 '13 at 14:37

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