In naval warfare of the Age of Sail, what was the most desired way to fire at the enemy?

fire towards stern
fire towards bow
fire towards port side
fire towards starboard
Although each shot of raking fire is more likely to miss the target, it will cause more damage when suc­cess­ful. In ad­di­tion, the targeted ship will have few or no guns able to return fire. A stern rake tends to be more damaging than a bow rake because the shots are not de­flect­ed by the curved and strength­ened bow.

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fire towards stern
fire towards bow
fire towards port side
fire towards starboard
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flagItaly
54%
9%
9%
27%
11
flagthe Netherlands
50%
8%
33%
8%
12
flagthe United States
40%
19%
23%
15%
113
flagUnknown
38%
7%
23%
30%
13
flagPoland
36%
16%
35%
10%
3134
flagGermany
34%
17%
39%
9%
64
flagRepublic of Ireland
30%
30%
30%
10%
10
flagthe United Kingdom
29%
18%
36%
13%
86
flagNorway
23%
11%
47%
17%
17
flagIndia
13%
17%
39%
30%
23

Gender

men35%
women39%
fire towards stern
35%
39%
fire towards bow
13%
17%
fire towards port side
39%
33%
fire towards starboard
12%
9%

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