Why in the past were European ships built with high wooden "castles" fore and aft?

to have better view
to manage the deck more easily
to improve ship defense
to improve ship stability
These were built to better resist board­ing, commonly used in the naval warfare (e­spe­cial­ly by pi­rates). Boarders needed to attack these castles with great dif­fi­cul­ty, while archers or har­que­bus­iers could sweep the enemy decks.

Answers distribution

to have better view
to manage the deck more easily
to improve ship defense
to improve ship stability
answers
flagAustria
0%
0%
83%
16%
12
flagSpain
9%
4%
71%
14%
21
flagRussia
0%
0%
69%
30%
13
flagCroatia
12%
12%
62%
12%
16
flagGermany
9%
6%
58%
24%
176
flagUkraine
6%
18%
56%
18%
16
flagFrance
12%
9%
54%
21%
33
flagLithuania
15%
10%
52%
21%
19
flagPoland
12%
9%
48%
28%
14224
flagItaly
17%
10%
48%
24%
29
flagthe United Kingdom
9%
7%
47%
33%
389
flagthe United States
12%
9%
45%
30%
470
flagRepublic of Ireland
11%
9%
45%
33%
42
flagthe Netherlands
20%
12%
43%
23%
39
flagSweden
17%
13%
43%
26%
23
flagIndia
10%
16%
41%
31%
77
flagCanada
6%
11%
41%
37%
43
flagNorway
8%
12%
36%
44%
25
flagAustralia
20%
5%
30%
40%
20
flagUnknown
18%
15%
29%
35%
897

Gender

men37%
women45%
to have better view
15%
11%
to manage the deck more easily
12%
8%
to improve ship defense
37%
46%
to improve ship stability
34%
33%

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