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The name which applied to everything that was fired out of a naval gun except missiles filled with explosive. As Sir Henry Mainwaring remarks in his Seaman's Dictionary (1644): ‘There are many kinds of shot. That which flies farthest and pierces most is round shot; the next is crossbar, which is good for ropes and sails and masts, the other langrel, which will not fly so far but is very good for the rigging and the like, and for men; so is chain shot and case-shot, which is good to ply among men which stand naked [unprotected] on deck plying of their small shot.’

Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

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