A fire ship or fireship was a ship filled with combustibles, or gunpowder deliberately set on fire and steered into an enemy fleet, in order to destroy ships, or to create panic and make the enemy break formation. They were used to great effect by the outgunned Greeks in their naval battles during the war of independence (1821-1829).
The depiction of the lengthwise section, deck plan and functional details was possible after careful study of the "Memorandum on the Construction of Fireworks" (1862) by Konstantinos Nikodimos, contre-amiral from the Greek island of Psara and fireship operator.
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April 10th, 2021
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