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%
77%
11%
18
flagCroatia
7%
7%
69%
15%
13
flagDenmark
9%
9%
63%
18%
11
flagLithuania
17%
11%
58%
11%
17
flagGermany
10%
6%
57%
25%
149
flagFrance
12%
9%
54%
21%
33
flagUkraine
6%
20%
53%
20%
15
flagPoland
12%
8%
50%
27%
10706
flagthe United Kingdom
9%
7%
48%
32%
348
flagItaly
18%
7%
48%
25%
27
flagSweden
17%
5%
47%
29%
17
flagthe United States
13%
9%
45%
30%
441
flagUnknown
7%
14%
44%
32%
76
flagthe Netherlands
20%
16%
43%
20%
30
flagIndia
10%
17%
42%
30%
69
flagRepublic of Ireland
10%
10%
42%
36%
38
flagNorway
4%
14%
33%
47%
21
flagAustralia
25%
6%
31%
31%
16
flagCanada
8%
14%
29%
44%
34

Gender

men45%
women45%
to have better view
12%
11%
to manage the deck more easily
9%
8%
to improve ship defense
46%
46%
to improve ship stability
31%
33%

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