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  •  Exactly. If you can't get to the battle, (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, PaloAltoPixie

    It doesn't matter how advanced your design is.

    The deck was too close to the waterline such that the first storm would sink it.

    After that, they changed the rules so that you had to be an actual ship designer to design ships.

    The cannon turret was revolutionary, though.

    •  I thought Ericsson was one? (1+ / 0-)
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      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 08:40:32 PM PDT

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      •  He seems to me to be more of a mechanical eng. (1+ / 0-)
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        Designing engines and guns and props, without much experience in hull shape, buoyancy, sea worthiness, etc.

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