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War at Sea – Northern Cog

Posted by picard578 on December 9, 2019

Military Fantasy

Overview

After Roman hull-first construction techniques were abandoned and replaced with ribs-first construction, battering ram became useless as a weapon. As a result, naval action came to depend on missile exchange and boarding – only introduction of cannon saved galley as a ship of war in the Mediterranean (see “Galley vs sailing ship” post). In Atlantic, many battles were fought exclusively on cogs (e.g. Battle of Sluys), although war galley survived for purposes of raiding, anti-piracy and coastal patrol. Galley simply is not an effective seagoing weapon system: it has limited radius of action, endurance, and lacks seaworthiness to leave shore. Galley fleets were thus dependant on coastal stations (which is why Venice tried to conquer Croatian shore multiple times, succeeding after Croatian union with Hungary as latter didn’t care much about the sea). They were incapable of blockaing a port unless a friendly army held the shore…

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