GREAT WARSHIPS OF HISTORY: SHIP OF THE LINE

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Deadliest Blogger continues its presentation of the great warships of history with a look as the main battleships of the Age of Sail: the Ship of the Line!

In the first half of the 16th century, the northern European maritime nations began developing purpose-built men-of-war; ships designed specifically to be warships, rather than (as had been common practice) outfitting a merchant Cog for combat in time of war. Developed from the Cog, these Carracks were ocean-going gun platforms, and allowed first the Spanish and Portuguese; and later the English and French to create great trading and colonial empires that spanned the globe….

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Royal prince - 4 days battle 1666

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