I'm curious about the "mechanical" aspects in the course of a naval battle in the 17th century. To explain better, here are some questions whose answers would provide a text-answer explaining the course of a battle:
- What were the distances between the vessels?
- Did they have one single burst with all cannons or were they cadenced?
- How long did it take from one burst to another (if they were cadenced)?
- How long did a battle take?
- How much damage could a vessel take (for each of the common types in that age)?
- Is there a common number of vessels in a fleet? That is, what is the number of vessels the one would commonly see in a battle, if there were a number?
- Is all this related to territory? That is, battles were different in europe, central america, north america, etc.?
- What else?