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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flagCroatia
80%
0%
20%
0%
10
flagthe Netherlands
58%
5%
29%
5%
17
flagItaly
58%
8%
8%
25%
12
flagRepublic of Ireland
43%
25%
25%
6%
16
flagthe United States
40%
18%
23%
14%
130
flagPoland
37%
16%
35%
10%
4408
flagGermany
34%
16%
40%
8%
72
flagthe United Kingdom
31%
19%
34%
13%
120
flagUnknown
29%
19%
36%
15%
231
flagNorway
26%
10%
47%
15%
19
flagIndia
17%
17%
35%
25%
28

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men34%
women37%
fire towards stern
34%
37%
fire towards bow
14%
18%
fire towards port side
38%
33%
fire towards starboard
12%
10%

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