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How would a wind generating stone change sailing and the anatomy of a ship?

The ship in question is a cog or a carrack, double-masted, and the technology and ways of sailing available are similar to those found during the renaissance (1300-1400). In comes a wind-generating ...
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Undead Powered Boats- Oars vs Paddlewheels

Assuming magically animated skeletons capable of projecting the same muscle force as an average human (note: not someone who has trained a bunch or such, average) that are tireless and unceasing, what ...
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need help regarding warship design to sail on quicksand?

so i want to make a world where theres no river or ocean but instead replaced by quicksand or the similar type. the people get water from rain and water spring or well. and so i want to create warship ...
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How many ships would a late medieval/early modern port see in a year? [closed]

I'm working on a story that involves a character searching through logbooks from a seaport in a mid-sized, bustling city (think a largish city in late medieval/early modern Europe, pre-industrial ...
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Would submarines be well defended from space based lasers? What about railguns?

When a planet is under seige, obviously its airports, missile silos, and launch sites are the first targets of bombardment, to prevent a counterattack. It thus seems that submarines, which can fire ...
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Are there plausible planetary conditions that make aircraft less effective weapons against ships?

IE, atmosphere density, gravity, chemical composition of land, air and sea... Somewhat of a counterpart to my own Are there *plausible* planetary conditions where jet aircraft just don't have ...
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Ships suitable to sailing in monster infested fantasy waters

I'm planning a Dungeons and Dragons 5E campaign for my friends where they're going to take on the role of divers who use magic to explore the ocean's depths in search of sunken treasure and they need ...
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How many crewmen and what type of ship are needed for medieval arctic travel?

The fantasy world is set in medieval times (1100 A.D - 1400 A.D). The mission is to travel from the mainland to an ice continent by means of ship, a distance of say from England to the North Pole. ...
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An Aztec ship sails east - where does it land?

Given: An ahistorically powerful and advanced Aztec civilisation, anno late 1400s. A set of circumstances much like the ones that led Columbus west: one mad Aztec convinced the world was rather small ...
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How would weaponry develop differently in a world where you have total technological superiority?

In today’s modern military, massive things are generally frowned upon. They’re simply too big of a target. Oh! You have a big tank that could easily beat my tanks? Apply aircraft. Oh God! Oh no! ...
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How long could a late WW2-era battleship last under sustained ship of the line cannon fire?

In an alternate world of magic, a battleship similar in design to the Bismarck is stopped in the middle of the ocean. It was built by a society of Earth humans who moved to this world. All other ...
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Could a large enough fleet generate tsunamis while moving from a place to another?

Imagine similar earth conditions of oceans and currents, and a renaissance type kind of ships of various sizes (ranging from sloops to ships-of-the-line), could a fleet consisting in 1500 (aprox.) ...
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An entire aircraft carrier group utilizing the ground effect?

I’ve heard there was no upper limit for the size and weight of a ground effect vehicle. In my world, the people there wanted to design a quick response aircraft carrier that could reach anywhere ...
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What are some mechanical ways to help propel a ship through a canal?

There is as a system of canals that connects a country, these canals are about 10 meters wide 15 meters deep. I am designing a ship that was built specifically to travel the canals. Its main purpose ...
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How does material-magic change pre-industrial warship-building?

My magical civilizations have a unique type of magic, material magic. This magic allows them to improve strength and hardness of wood. As an example: with a cannonball, the magically treated wood ...
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Sea-monster resistant sailing ship design

The Setting: The world is over 99% water with only very small bastions of solid land or ice covered land. The humans who live on this world are very capable swimmers and divers who can hold their ...
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Designing a safe way to share location of a secret ship

There is a secret ship and it is used by pirates as a recharging point. It has a nuclear reactor as a power source and other ships are using electricity. Let's assume in this world stealth technology ...
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Naval cannons vs ships made of magic wood

In my magical world, for reasons magical, metals such as iron have never gotten used, and even use of bronze is scarce. On the other hand, magic allowed for refinement of wood, similar to the ...
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Cannonless ship of the line - could I have ship of line with magic catapults/balistae?

I am facing a conundrum. You see, my world has magic, but this magic is very restricted and has great limitations. As consequence of these limitations, they never got into metalwork, developing no ...
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Age of Sail warships with magic flamethrowers

So, you are a powerful empire, where most of the army consists of magically self-enhanced warriors, who can for a limited but not short amount of time double(regular soldiers) to triple(elite soldiers)...
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What would be the best propulsion system for this aircraft carrier?

So, I was watching a funny movie about undead pirates when the realization hit me, I never once tried to create naval superiority for my Mary Sue. Well, guess I just do it now. Titanic 2: (n)Ice to ...
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I'm on the Titanic, what should I do to survive? [closed]

I time traveled to the date of April 14th, 1912 with my time machine. It’s evening, 6:00 PM to be exact and my location is the deck of the ship Titanic. We all know what is going to happen not too ...
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Would navigation work if the magnetic poles were located at the equator?

Let's say the magnetic North Pole is and has been located around 0, 0 (off the coast of Africa) for all of human history, and the magnetic South Pole 180 degrees to the east/west. Maybe the Earth's ...
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How to design a ship class around single nuclear reactor and single shipyard?

Situation: modern tech equivalent sparsely populated planet very limited amount of fossil fuels, but sufficient amount of nuclear (plus willingness to use it) Consequences: designing single nuclear ...
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A torpedo or bomb to kill everyone inside the ship or in general vicinity of the battle

I was thinking of chlorine gas bombs/rockets or cyanide torpedoes to kill everyone inside a sinking ship or on the general vicinity of the battle to insure that no one survives... The only objective ...
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Can one person do nearly everything to sail a 25 meter cog for a few hundred miles if that person is a tireless being?

In my fantasy world I have a humanoid species that can work pretty much non-stop. Assuming he has enough energy, can one of these creatures do most of the necessary things on a 25 meter long cog to ...
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How might boat designs change in order to allow them to be pulled by dragons?

So in my book, the majority of my society's medieval-era navy is pulled by at least one adult dragon. Adult dragons are huge; their heads alone are about the size of a medium-sized car. How might ...
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How high can a Victorian-era kite sail be flown?

A big problem with Steampunk airships is how to propel them. Steam engines tend to be too heavy to be useful. And sails cannot be used, because unlike sea-going ships, airships are in contact with ...
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Largest sailing vessel manned by 2 people [closed]

I am currently running a D&D campaign and am entering an area that doesn't have many set rules and I'd like a reality check. I want to give them a vessel around the size of the ones from Pirates ...
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What's the crew composition of any modern small attack submarine sub?

I'm trying to create a realistic composition of a mildly futuristic diesel attack submarine with API based on a Stirling radioisotope generator. The idea is that thanks to automation it's possible to ...
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Stealthy and hard to sink marine drone made out of… fiberglass and styrofoam

OK, the weapon idea is the following: general shape similar to the drone on this picture modular armament, in default configuration with anti-ship missiles (but goes with torpedos, gun, mines, etc.) ...
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Could a pump jet be made in the 15th-16th century? [closed]

With the knowledge required, could the pump jet be created for use in ships in the given timeline? If not, what other forms of engines can be made in said timeline that can power ships without the use ...
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How should a ship call for help on a sparsely populated planet orbiting a flare star?

Technological level - similar to contemporary. Yes, I mean a watercraft, mostly big cargo carrying ships. I mean only calling for help while being in middle of ocean and not being within line of sight ...
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Logistics of a hovering watercraft in a fantasy setting

So in my fantasy world, there exists a substance that (when applied to the surface of an object) repels water in the same way a very strong magnet would. This allows boats to hover above the surface ...
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Which part of ship should be targeted while using guided artillery rounds?

Situation, short: gun has similar firepower to 5 inch gun (5/62) most available rounds used are standard high explosives, there are a few armour piercing rounds available, rounds are guided and even ...
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What could make a ship made of pumice seaworthy?

I'm designing the type of ships an amphibious race could use for long distance travel, like a floating house, following oceanic currents. I imagine it shaped like an iceberg, with more structure below ...
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Is there a good reference for the evolution of ships over the ages?

So in Sci Fi we have this tendency to want to compare ship designations to modern sea faring ships. It dawned on me that this is probably completely wrong. Even though we want to refer to warships as ...
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Ships as survival world (post-apocalyptic world)

In a post-apocalyptic world where the surviving people are forced off the land onto the water in ships, how would this work? How long can a large set of people survive on a set of boats without ...
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A modern Noah's Ark

This is not a duplicate of Building Noah's Ark or Can We Build Noah's ark?, because the former asks only about a relatively small number of species and the latter is set in Biblical times. ...
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How would ships develop in a world without Gunpowder/Cannons

So i was thinking about the world i set my story in: Set in an age equivalent to the 17th century Magic exists, but is not very powerful though very versatile Gunpowder was never discovered naval ...
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Advantages/Disadvantages of a ship made of a single piece of wood

Would a ship made out of a single piece of wood have any advantages over a normal vessel? Context: A particularly clever/mad mage has discovered how to make a living ship by binding a dryad into a ...
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Post-Apocalypse Vessel To Sail The Great Lakes [closed]

What would be a good design for a vessel that has to transverse the Great Lakes region, from Lake Superior to Lake Ontario, and do so fairly regularly? Some Info Resources: a good amount ...
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What would be a plausible speed for a 22nd century military ship?

No, I am not talking about space ships, I am talking about water-based ships sailing the oceans on planet Earth. What would be a plausible cruise speed and maximum speed for what would be the ...
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Naval warfare in a Bronze Age setting - few big ships versus many smaller ships

I wasn't sure which StackExchange I should ask this question, but since the story I am writing is basically a historically inspired fantasy, I decided to present it here. The story in question is ...
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Biggest possible battleship that can be built?

Disregarding how battleships are really big targets and not really viable in the modern era anymore, I would like to ask how big a battleship can be built before it starts being so large it sinks. ...
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Sailing the Endeavour out of Sydney [closed]

The apocalypse has happened - a super-virulent plague has ripped through, leaving only a small percentage of immune survivors. Luckily, for the purposes of this question at least, there is fairly ...
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How often did trading/traveling ships set sail between port cities in Medieval times?

Say there are two port cities (City A) and (City B). The distance between them is the same as the distance between Greece and England. The world takes place in a medieval setting with normal ...
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Is it possible to bind multiple ships together on open water?

In Renaissance period, would it be possible to safely bind ships together for extended periods of time? Imagine if there was a fleet of large ships (say, two dozen) that have been traveling over a ...
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How would a ship defend against a sea creature, and possibly win?

I have a Viking-inspired race living on a harsh ocean based planet with very rough and cold seas. In these seas there are giant creatures, not unlike kraken who frequently attack ships. I was thinking ...
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How many aircraft could this submarine aircraft carrier carry on its flight deck? [closed]

I have a humongous submarine aircraft carrier (dubbed a Kharybdis-class submarine) shaped like a triangular arrowhead. This submarine can launch a wide variety of aircraft from its flight deck such as ...