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It is probably smart to use your ammunition only on ships in combat, firing at non-combatant ships has two disadvantages, first they might be inclined to join and secondly you should prioritize firing at ships that attack you.


In age-of-sail fleet actions, the primary use of frigates (and smaller vessels) was to relay messages (usually in the form of flag signals) between the flagships and the rest of the fleet. They usually set themselves some distance from the main 'line' of battle where they could see and be seen by the ships of the line. A secondary purpose was to act as ...

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