I think that naval battle is regarded as the swansong of the ram-equipped, oar-powered galley. The galley's had cannons, but they generally fired straight forward because the sides were fully consumed with oars.
After this battle, the sail powered galleon with broadside-firing cannon became the gold standard of naval power.
posted on 10/07/2004 11:07:40 AM PDT
(If the Kerry campaign implodes any further, they'll reach the point of "singularity" by election day)
Regarding the galley, a Christian edge at Lepanto was 70 of a prototype ship called the galleas which was an attempt to put galleon firepower on a galley.
Over the long run, the galleas, like the clipper ship, was a doomed concept.
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