Bombardment Ship

Bombardment Ship

 

a sailing ship with two masts of the end of the 17th century to the beginning of the 19th, with 20 heavy caliber cannon or two to four artillery mortars. Bombardment ships first appeared in 1681 in France. They were designed for shelling coastal fortresses and were exceptionally stable. Bombardment ships were used in the Russian Navy until 1828.

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The Chief of British Combined Operations, Lord Louis Mountbatten, had provided neither sufficient off-shore bombardment ships for backup nor supporting air cover owing to opposition by the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.