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Defeat of the Spanish Armada, 1588-08-08 by Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg, painted 1796, depicts Drake's fire ship attack on the Spanish Armada

A fire ship was a ship that is filled with combustibles, deliberately set on fire and steered (or, if possible, allowed to drift) into an enemy fleet in order to destroy ships or create panic and make them break formation. Ships used as fire ships were old and worn out or inexpensive vessels. An explosion ship was a variation on the fire ship, intended to cause damage by blowing up in close proximity to enemy ships. Defeat of the Spanish Armada, 8 August 1588 by Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg, painted 1796 depicts the battle of Gravelines The two-dimensional work of art depicted in this image is in the public domain in the United States and in those countries with a copyright term of life of... Defeat of the Spanish Armada, 8 August 1588 by Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg, painted 1796 depicts the battle of Gravelines The two-dimensional work of art depicted in this image is in the public domain in the United States and in those countries with a copyright term of life of... 1588 was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search August 8 is the 220th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (221st in leap years), with 145 days remaining. ... Lord Howes action, or the Glorious First of June by Philip James de Loutherbourg, painted 1795 Philip James de Loutherbourg, also seen as Philippe-Jacques (31 October 1740 – 11 March 1812) was an English artist. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1796 was a leap year starting on Friday. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Spanish Armada of Great/Grand Armada (Old Spanish: Grande y Felicísima Armada, large and most fortunate fleet; but called by the English, with ironic intention, la Armada Invencible, the Invincible Fleet) was the largest fleet to date, sent by the Catholic King Philip II...


Warships of the age of sail were highly vulnerable to fire. With seams caulked with tar, ropes greased with fat, and holds full of gunpowder, there was little that would not burn. Accidental fires destroyed many ships, so fire ships presented a terrifying threat. The age of sail is the period in which international trade and naval warfare were both dominated by sailing ships. ...


With the wind in exactly the right direction a fire ship could be cast loose and allowed to drift onto its target, but in most battles fire ships were equipped with skeleton crews to steer the fire ship onto the target (the crew were expected to abandon ship at the last moment and escape in the ship's boat). Fireships were most devastating against fleets at anchor or otherwise restricted in movement. At sea, a well-handled ship could evade a fireship and disable it with cannon fire. Other tactics were to fire at the ships boats and other vessels in the vicinity so that the crew could not escape and therefore might decide not to ignite the ship, or to wait until the fireship had been abandoned and then tow it aside with small maneouverable vessels, such as galleys.


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The use of fire ships was discontinued after the end of wooden fighting ships. An extension of the concept was however used in Operation Chariot of World War II, in which the old destroyer HMS Campbeltown was packed with explosives and rammed into the dry dock at Saint-Nazaire, France, to deny its use to the battleship Tirpitz, which could drydock nowhere else on the French west coast. Jump to: navigation, search Sir Francis Drake, c. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Spanish Armada of Great/Grand Armada (Old Spanish: Grande y Felicísima Armada, large and most fortunate fleet; but called by the English, with ironic intention, la Armada Invencible, the Invincible Fleet) was the largest fleet to date, sent by the Catholic King Philip II... Gravelines is a small historic town and commune on the northern coast of France on the river Aa 15 miles (25 km) south west of Dunkirk, in the Nord département. ... 1588 was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar. ... Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp, 1597–1653, after an engraving by Jan Lievensz. ... Before the Battle of the Downs, 31 October 1639, showing Tromps flagship Amelia by Reinier Nooms, painted c. ... Events January 14 - Connecticuts first constitution, the Fundamental Orders, is adopted. ... Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter, Lieutenant-Admiral of the United Provinces by Ferdinand Bol, painted 1667. ... The Battle of Solebay, 7 June 1672, was the first naval battle of the Third Anglo-Dutch War. ... Events England, France, Munster and Cologne invade the United Provinces, therefore this name is know as ´het rampjaar´ (the disaster year) in the Netherlands. ... Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich, 1625–1672 by Sir Peter Lely, painted 1666. ... The Soleil Royal (Royal Sun) was a French 104-gun ship of the line, flagship of Admiral Tourville. ... Events February 13 - Massacre of Glencoe March 1 - The Salem witch trials begin in Salem Village, Massachusetts Bay Colony with the charging of three women with witchcraft. ... The Battle of Barfleur, 29 May 1692 by Richard Paton, painted 18th century. ... The naval Battle of Chesma took place on 5-7 July 1770 near and in Chesma (Turkish: ÇeÅŸme) Bay, in the area between Asia Minor and the island of Chios, the site of a number of past naval battles between Turkey and Venice. ... 1770 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald (14 December 1775–October 31, 1860) was a politician and naval adventurer. ... The Battle of the Basque Roads was a naval battle of the Peninsular War during the Napoleonic Wars. ... 1809 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search The Declaration of the War by Bishop Germanos at St Lavra on March 25, 1821 The Greek War of Independence, also known as the Greek Revolution of 1821, was a war against the Ottoman Empire for independence, which started that year. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1821 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1832 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... This article is about the 1942 raid on St Nazaire. ... Jump to: navigation, search World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrinations, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atom bomb. ... USS Buchanan (DD-131), named for Franklin Buchanan, was a Wickes-class destroyer in the United States Navy. ... Saint-Nazaire is also a commune of the Gard département of France. ...


 
 

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