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Encyclopedia > Raking fire
French frigate Poursuivante firing raking fire on a British ship of line
French frigate Poursuivante firing raking fire on a British ship of line

In naval warfare, raking fire is fire along the long axis of an enemy ship. Although each shot is less likely to miss the target ship, an individual cannon shot will pass through more of the ship, damaging more of the hull, sails, and crew. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1200x674, 176 KB) Fight of the Poursuivante - 28th of June 1803 Louis-Philippe Crepin (1772 Paris -- 1851) File links The following pages link to this file: Enfilade and defilade List of French sail frigates Raking fire User:Rl/Images ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1200x674, 176 KB) Fight of the Poursuivante - 28th of June 1803 Louis-Philippe Crepin (1772 Paris -- 1851) File links The following pages link to this file: Enfilade and defilade List of French sail frigates Raking fire User:Rl/Images ... Naval warfare is combat in and on seas and oceans. ... Italian ship-rigged vessel Amerigo Vespucci in New York Harbor, 1976 A ship is a large, sea-going watercraft, sometimes with multiple decks. ... A small cast-iron cannon on a carriage ????? Cannon also refers to a large, smooth-bored, muzzle-loading gun used before the advent of breech-loading, rifled guns firing explosive shells. ... A hull is the body or frame of a ship or boat. ... A sail is any type of surface intended to generate thrust by being placed in a wind —in essence a vertically-oriented wing. ... A crew comprises a body or a class of people who work at a common activity, generally in a structured or hierarchical organization. ...


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Enfilade and defilade - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (289 words)
In addition, enfilade fire is used to describe gunfire directed against an "enfiladed" unit or position.
A column of marching troops are enfiladed if fired on from the front such that the gunfire traverses the length of the column.
The less desirable alternative is to fire from an oblique angle which requires precise aim to hit a target.
Broadside. Ships and Tactics (1383 words)
This tactic exposed the lead ship of a column to the broadside fire of the enemy, so this position was usually taken by a 1st rate or three decker.
This fire policy often crippled the British ships, preventing them from pressing home their attack, but was less deadly to the crew.
The speed with which the guns were loaded and fired by the Royal Navy gun crews was also higher than the French and Spanish, also a factor in the higher casualty figures for the enemy fleets.
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