Warships in the 1500-1700's....

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  1. soulezoo

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    I recall for the old US frigate Constitution, it was involved with a number of battles where the cannon balls literally bounced of the hull... this at point blank range, On one battle with two British frigates (I don't recall the names) some 30 odd cannon balls were stuck in the hull but did not penetrate. Constitution defeated the two ships. It was on an early engagement (war of 1812) with a British ship that upon a cannon ball bouncing off the hull (at point blank) that a sailor cried out "her sides are made of iron!" and the nickname "Old Ironsides" stuck.
     
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    Check out the history of the Arsenal at Venice.
     
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