I'd like to write about the golden age of piracy and this thought came to me: is there a standard way for a 1600's ship to handle a rogue wave, or does this vary by ship design?
My inexistent degree on sailing comes from playing Assassin's Creed. In one of the games in the series, the protagonist's ship deals with rogue waves by exposing either port or starboard to the wave. Failure to do so results in the ship taking damage. However, in the very next game, a different ship must point the bow at rogue waves, taking damage otherwise. Both ships seem to be of similar shape and build, so I found the mechanics contradictory and would like to know how this goes in real life.
A general answer would be appreciated, but if different classes of ships have different modes of operation for rogue waves, an answer detailing some of those would be appreciated even more - I do expect a frigate, a galleon and a schooner to be differently affected, and would not be surprised if they should need to react differently.