AKA Battle Line, line-ahead, or column formation One of the most historically important concepts with regard to naval warfare, the line of battle is also
Also spelled weather gauge The weather gage refers to how two ships are positioned relative to each other in relation to the direction of the
When discussing sailing tactics and naval warfare in the age of sail, the topic of points of sail frequently comes up. Points of sail merely
Note: for the sake of simplicity, I’ll be using these terms in a very general manner. Different sailors from different eras, experiences, or backgrounds can
Sailing Vessels as Warships The development of sailing vessels from merchant ships into actual warships was a very slow and gradual process. By the 1400s,
Originally published as The Conquest of the Ocean in 2013 with the American edition titled as A Short History of Seafaring and published in 2019.