A look at the origins of naval artillery, covering the early period up to the start of the classic Age of Sail.

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  1. I’d bet those guns are strong enough to puncture the hull of an empire-class fire nation battleship, leaving thousands to drown at sea!

    Because… they’re so strong!

  2. It always strikes me not only how easy to understand 15th cen English is compared to the gibberish they speak now, but also how clear the alphabet is compared to how they would print in the 17 & 18th cen; when the S and the F turn into hybrids of each other.

  3. Why four wheels? Why not simply put it on a spindle or ball bearing platform so it could rotate in place, allowing for muzzle loading nearly instantly, and firing nearly instantly once loaded?

  4. 2:55 imagine you travel on land and maybe sea… hundreds of miles maybe taking days or weeks to arrive to your destination… finally there both armies take days to assemble and finally they line up on the battlefield and then your king dies when the cannon he stood next to explodes catastrophically.

    That's gotta do a number on troop morale

  5. Hi Drach, another great video. Its a pity the battle ship became obsolete in a short time when they became truly formidable Aka Yamato and Bismark. Another interesting video would be the invention of the propeller and explosive gun shell

  6. 1430, siege of Orleans: 70 canons, the 2 english commander killed by headshots. That is not the signs of a side show weapon. Jeanne Darc was master of artillery siege warfare. The respons to the longbow was artillery.

  7. Thanks. That was interesting.

    As to the destruction of the Spanish Armada — that was because of a miscalculation by the Spanish of currents in the North Atlantic. The Armada took some damage from the British during it's run up the channel — but — then they panicked because of the fire ship attack. They couldn't turn back and anchor again because they had cut their anchors in their hurry to get away. Now here — the winds caused a problem in that the couldn't just sail back down the channel. So — what they thought they'd do — was sail up through the North Sea, around the British Isles into the North Atlantic — and then back south to Spain. Their problem was that when they made their turn in the North Atlantic they hadn't gone out as far into it as they thought they had — because of the current — so that they were to close to the coast of Scotland. A storm pushed them INTO that coast and a lot of them foundered on the rocks, those men who survived being killed or captured by locals ashore.

    Some of the ships made it back and there was a determination by the Spanish King to try it again — but — with one thing and another — it didn't happen.

  8. Hey Drachinifel, Love your content. If you don't mind me asking, what sources did you use in this video? I'd love to learn more about this subject.

  9. 14:00
    i would say that half of the ships spoken are Portuguese, and u are so mistaken it wasn't the spanish with that concept it was the Portuguese, try to inform yourself search more about ships like Padre eterno or the well known Botafogo, Portugal had insanly huge ships before the spanish

  10. A friend of mine has a Bastard Culverin in his garden as an ornament. As I'm English (the Cannon is located outside of the UK) he asked me to find out some more information about it.
    I had the Latin inscription translated and that lead me to the Mary rose Museum and eventually finding out what it was.
    I wanted to fire it but he said it would probably give his Grandmother a heart attack if we did. It's the same one as at 31:30

  11. with our modern guns and cannons today many people do not realize just how dangerous Black Powder was and still is. many today use Pyrodex or a substitute Black Powder, but i have found the real thing to be very different and more dangerous. today Black powder is considered an explosive and has many federal and state restrictions on shipping and storing it, where the substitutes are treated like flammables and not near as dangerous. i personally only use the real thing when shooting my Black Powder weapons, this way i know how the real thing felt, smelled, smoked and acted, and never loose my respect for the Black Powder.
    when you can take a .44 cal round ball and have the same ballistics and stopping power as a .45 cal auto 1911 pistol then you know the power of Black Powder and the wounds were worse cause Black Powder tends to cause immediate infections and why so many lost limbs in the civil war. without antibiotics the limb must almost always have to come off if it cannot be cleaned good enough right away and even then later on the limb would still have to be removed.

  12. Thank you for all the knowledge in these videos. i try to imagine being back in the ancient times firing these cannons and look at the ones in the 1860's during the civil war that exploded just make me realize how dangerous being a cannoneer back in the 1600's would have been, 250 years earlier. scary indeed…

  13. Between the lack of variation in the images you use and the stuttering fits you suffer from. I thoroughly didn't enjoy this video, and don't think you put any real effort into your content. Everything feels extremely lazy, considering you could have edited out the mistakes and could have been even slightly more creative than a baby carrot. Fail to you sir. I will not be watching any more of your content. Good day.

  14. Sussex iron ore had the happy coincidence of containing the correct amount of naturally occurring limestone to remove much of the impurities when it was smelted. This gave the Royal Navy high quality iron products. Sussex 'hammer ponds', that were used to produce iron, cover the county to this day.