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Why were ships-of-the line not supposed to open fire on frigates during fleet actions?

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Why did it take so long to abandon sail after steamships were demonstrated?

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Why were British ships not of the same quality as French and Spanish ships until the latter part of the 18th century?

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Why didn't the British consider the USS President's attempted flight as a fake surrender?

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What was this television history series?

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What paintings might these be (2 sketches made in the Tate Britain Gallery)?

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Why were helmets and other body armour not commonplace in the 1800s?

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Capturing a much larger ship?

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Why did piracy thrive in the late 17th and early 18th centuries?

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Why wasn't sauerkraut used to combat scurvy?

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Why were the losses in the Battle of Norfolk so lopsided?

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Was there a King of England, or an heir to the throne, in 1831 who idolized Michael Faraday?

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How do historians know the details of a seemingly private event?

28 votes

How were Martello towers supposed to work?

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How much more damage can a big cannon do to a ship than a small one?

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Why was Germany not as successful as other Europeans in establishing overseas colonies?

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What plumbing did well-equipped sailing ships have?

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How have European microstates survived?

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Why did only the English adopt, evolve and use the longbow en masse in war?

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If a merchant ship captain joined the Royal Navy during the age of sail, would they be put in command?

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Was there a way for ships to disengage from boarding actions?

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In the Film Master and Commander, why do they start towing their rowboats after they beat to quarters?

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What did English people really say when knighting someone?

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How did Bligh navigate during his open boat voyage after losing The Bounty?

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How many British navy officers were from lower classes at the end of 18th century?

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How difficult was to escape from a naval battle after engaging into one during the Age of Sail?

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Which specific day of 1964 was the tree Prometheus (WPN-114) cut down?

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Why didn't the Trafalgar Way messengers sail up the English Channel?

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Why did United Kingdom not keep the colonies after Napoleon's defeat?

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Is there any science behind this graph that suggests we'd be exploring new galaxies if not for the dark ages?

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