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.

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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
11%
0%
76%
11%
17
flagCroatia
8%
8%
75%
8%
12
flagDenmark
9%
9%
63%
18%
11
flagGermany
10%
5%
56%
26%
144
flagFrance
12%
9%
54%
22%
31
flagPoland
12%
8%
50%
27%
10295
flagUkraine
7%
21%
50%
21%
14
flagthe United Kingdom
9%
6%
48%
33%
331
flagItaly
21%
8%
47%
21%
23
flagLithuania
18%
18%
45%
18%
11
flagthe United States
12%
9%
44%
30%
424
flagUnknown
7%
13%
44%
34%
52
flagIndia
9%
16%
43%
30%
65
flagSweden
18%
6%
43%
31%
16
flagRepublic of Ireland
9%
12%
42%
36%
33
flagthe Netherlands
21%
17%
39%
21%
28
flagNorway
4%
14%
33%
47%
21
flagCanada
9%
15%
31%
40%
32
flagAustralia
25%
6%
31%
31%
16

Gender

men45%
women45%
to have better view
12%
11%
to manage the deck more easily
9%
8%
to improve ship defense
46%
45%
to improve ship stability
31%
34%

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