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
10%
5%
73%
10%
19
flagRussia
0%
0%
63%
36%
11
flagCroatia
13%
13%
60%
13%
15
flagGermany
10%
6%
56%
25%
158
flagUkraine
6%
18%
56%
18%
16
flagLithuania
16%
11%
55%
16%
18
flagFrance
12%
9%
54%
21%
33
flagPoland
12%
9%
48%
28%
13510
flagthe United Kingdom
9%
7%
47%
34%
375
flagSweden
19%
9%
47%
23%
21
flagItaly
17%
10%
46%
25%
28
flagthe United States
13%
9%
45%
30%
461
flagRepublic of Ireland
12%
9%
43%
34%
41
flagthe Netherlands
20%
14%
42%
22%
35
flagIndia
9%
18%
41%
30%
72
flagNorway
8%
12%
36%
44%
25
flagAustralia
21%
5%
31%
36%
19
flagCanada
8%
13%
30%
44%
36
flagUnknown
18%
15%
29%
36%
830

Gender

men38%
women45%
to have better view
15%
11%
to manage the deck more easily
12%
9%
to improve ship defense
38%
46%
to improve ship stability
34%
33%

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