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
flagSpain
9%
4%
71%
14%
21
flagDenmark
7%
7%
64%
21%
14
flagCroatia
12%
12%
62%
12%
16
flagGermany
10%
6%
59%
22%
194
flagUkraine
6%
18%
56%
18%
16
flagFrance
11%
8%
52%
23%
34
flagLithuania
15%
10%
52%
21%
19
flagPoland
12%
9%
49%
28%
15208
flagCanada
6%
10%
48%
34%
50
flagItaly
17%
10%
48%
24%
29
flagthe Netherlands
19%
11%
47%
21%
42
flagthe United Kingdom
9%
8%
46%
34%
413
flagRepublic of Ireland
11%
9%
46%
32%
43
flagSwitzerland
20%
13%
46%
20%
15
flagthe United States
13%
9%
45%
30%
493
flagSweden
16%
13%
43%
26%
30
flagIndia
9%
15%
38%
36%
91
flagNorway
11%
11%
34%
42%
26
flagUnknown
18%
15%
30%
35%
930
flagAustralia
20%
5%
30%
40%
20

Gender

men38%
women46%
to have better view
15%
11%
to manage the deck more easily
12%
8%
to improve ship defense
38%
46%
to improve ship stability
34%
33%

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