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Fire was a good weapon, it destroyed ships and struck terror in the hearts of sailors.

One method was fire ships. You set an old boat(s) a blaze and let the wind or tide carry it into your enemies fleet.

An other used largely but not limited to coastal forts was to heat cannon balls ( I have a 12 pounder I found on a certain beach with a non admitted metal detector) until cherry red then load and fire. These set sails ablaze and decks too.

These were know by several names. Can you give me one?
 
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