Bjorn Landstrom, The ship. An illustrated history. From the primitive raft to the nuclear powered submarine. Doubleday, NY, 1961.
There is a shorter version by the same author: Sailing ships. In words and pictures from papyrus boats to full-riggers, Doubleday NY 1969.
John Harland, Seamanship in the age of sail, Conway Maritime press,...
Trafalgar seems to be the event at which specific ricochets are described:
Lieutenant des Touches, on board the Intrépide, later summed up the differences between the British gunners and those in the French and Spanish ships:
At that time our principle was to aim at the masts, and in order to produce any real damage, we wasted a mass of missiles that, ...
A tough but interesting nut to crack, I don't think I have the definitive answer, but I did find some promising leads.
Firstly, there's the Orthodox prayer of intercession:
O Lord, Lover of men,
forgive those who hate and wrong us.
Do good to those who do good.
Grant our brothers and relatives
their saving petitions and eternal life.
Visit the sick and ...