All About History - - BATTLE OF GRAVELINES -

Sig­nif­i­cantly out­gunned, the English lauched six fire­ships against the Span­ish fleet. Th­ese were a unique ter­ror to early modern ves­sels which were made of wood, caulked with tar, and filled with gun­pow­der. Even the ropes were greased with fat mak­ing the bulk of the ship highly flammable. Fire­ships were usu­ally steered by a skele­ton crew who would aban­don ship at the last minute.

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