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A sort of gallery or bridge, pivoted in the centre and fitted in ancient warships, such as galleys, as a means of boarding an enemy. On forcing a way alongside an enemy it was hoisted up by a tackle and swung round until it projected over, or into, the enemy vessel, forming a means of access for boarders. The introduction of the gun mounted in ships and firing a solid shot quickly put an end to this means of capturing ships as it was an unwieldy piece of equipment which even the most inexperienced of gunners could hardly miss.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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