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The common consensus by both ancient writers and modern is that it took about 1-2 talents of silver to field a ship. However, the operational costs of a ship were generally greatly in excess of the costs just to build it. For example, in the Samian War the Athenians demanded an indemnity of 1300 talents to re-imburse them for the costs of the war and the ...


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Two talents may confidently be assumed, [...] as a moderate estimate of the cost of both hull and rigging of a trireme. (p. 364) Source: Frank Egleston Robbins, The Cost to Athens of Her Second Empire, Classical Philology, Vol. 13, No. 4 (Oct., 1918), pp. 361-388. Newer authors (relying, as far as I can tell from a very cursory examination, upon ...


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Wikipedia, after Hanson (2006), claims that a typical trireme took 6,000 man days to complete. If you take a 25 man crew as around the optimal size, balancing the ease of performing certain tasks against the non-linear aspects of managing large teams, that would equate to 240 days effort, or perhaps 9 months elapsed time allowing for days off, bad weather, ...


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Obviously, Not for France.It was only NapoleonĀ“s first important lose to his plan to invade UK because the royal navy destroyed the spanish fleet that was neccesary to defeat UK. France lost his "ally" provocking a great weakness at the sea. If the spanish-french fleet combined reach to the size to the UK, after this battle the French navy was outnumbered. ...


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The famous battle of trafalgar was the one that Napoleon committed the first mistake. In quantity, The Royal navy was a bitter larger than the combined French-spanish one. However, the quality of the Spanish navy and naval officers were better than French. And it was the spanish last generation of good naval officers including a generation of basque officers ...


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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.


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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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