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An old naval term which embraced any means of setting fire to an enemy ship during battle. They included fire pots, fire-balls (cannon balls heated to red heat in a brazier before being fired), fire pikes (boarding pikes with burning tow attached which were thrown javelin fashion on board an enemy), arrows similarly tipped, etc. Fireships were not included in this general description, although their contents were.

See also warfare at sea.

See also warfare at sea.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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