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
flagSpain
9%
4%
71%
14%
21
flagRussia
0%
0%
69%
30%
13
flagCroatia
12%
12%
62%
12%
16
flagGermany
10%
6%
59%
23%
189
flagUkraine
6%
18%
56%
18%
16
flagFrance
12%
9%
54%
21%
33
flagLithuania
15%
10%
52%
21%
19
flagPoland
12%
9%
48%
28%
14734
flagItaly
17%
10%
48%
24%
29
flagthe United Kingdom
9%
8%
47%
33%
406
flagthe United States
12%
9%
46%
29%
484
flagRepublic of Ireland
11%
9%
45%
33%
42
flagthe Netherlands
20%
12%
45%
22%
40
flagSwitzerland
21%
14%
42%
21%
14
flagCanada
6%
11%
41%
37%
43
flagSweden
16%
16%
41%
25%
24
flagIndia
9%
15%
39%
35%
82
flagNorway
11%
11%
34%
42%
26
flagAustralia
20%
5%
30%
40%
20
flagUnknown
18%
15%
29%
35%
917

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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