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Our Man in Southern California, Wyatt the Odd, reports on the Gamex 2005 convention.

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2020 12:52 p.m. PST

"Naval warfare had shifted for good: wooden ships and iron men had been replaced with iron ships and nerves of steel. The development of steam-powered armoured warships had forever changed how combatants engaged at sea. Steam power offered speed and maneuverability. Armour provided protection for close-quartered movements and allowed the vessel to endure raking fire that would have destroyed a wooden ship. In short, an ironclad ship could get up close and personal. Interestingly, this technological leap also heralded the re-birth of the forgotten naval ram.

Introduced by the Greeks in the 8th Century BC, the wooden ram at the bow of a vessel was used to sink an enemy ship. The ram was useless during the ensuing age of sail and artillery. Indeed, to point your bow at another vessel meant certain death as your ship was raked with cannon fire from enemy broadsides. For over two centuries, naval fleet battles essentially consisted in two lines of ships blasting away at each other, waiting for the wind to offer advantage to either side. But on March 8, 1862, everything changed…"


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skipper John Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2020 1:11 p.m. PST

A good read.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2020 11:53 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!. (smile)


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