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Could Mermaids Tear a Warship's Planking?

This is a frame challenge. Captain Nyx was losing her mind already. This couldn't be happening again! Why those damn fish-folk couldn't leave her alone?! The first raid had Nyx replace the entirety ...
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Could Mermaids Tear a Warship's Planking?

The main problem with this idea is that, barring unusual circumstances, wooden ships do not sink all that well. You can riddle a wooden ship with holes (this is what cannonballs used to do) and will ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

Gearbox On early stages of development (maybe) there are a belief that first (front) stages of compressor must have lower rotation ratio than turbine and second compressor stage, and gearboxes for ...
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Could Mermaids Tear a Warship's Planking?

The sealife itself can slow down a ship to a near standstill via biofouling. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biofouling So your aquarians appear, seed the ship with growth, the ship halts, the growth ...
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Could Mermaids Tear a Warship's Planking?

Frame challenge - Why bother with a risky anchor and trying to rip a piece of planking out? Simply ram the boat! Rams on boats (usually oar powered rather than sail) have been used since antiquity to ...
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Could Mermaids Tear a Warship's Planking?

Not at all feasible The proposed plan has two huge, somewhat interconnected problems. Big ships stay in deep water, with "age of sail" vessels travelling on courses that are not predictable ...
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Could Mermaids Tear a Warship's Planking?

It's not hard to sabotage a ship. Just jam its rudder and prevent the sailors from fixing it. They will be at your complete mercy. Humans would be as great at repelling a mermaid attack as fishes are ...
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Could Mermaids Tear a Warship's Planking?

Seems a lot of work just to capture a ship which is now sinking. There's not much point asking them to surrender in a sinking ship unless you want them in boats and the ship at the bottom of the sea ...
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Could Mermaids Tear a Warship's Planking?

My take on this problem - discounting the problems of availability of metal tools to merfolk - is that there are going to be lots of problems with this approach and probably better ways to achieve ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

WWII delayed jet development. If you want to further delay it, extend the war by making some rather minor adjustments that further reduce the viable roles for planes that had a sortie time of a few ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

Instead of trying to delay the onset of jets, move it forward! However, due to aforementioned material problems there was an explosion--killing high ranked observers--at the unveiling demonstration. ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

No Korean War The end of WW2 saw a huge cut in military budgets and a glut of WW2 surplus. WW2 jets were expensive and loaded with flaws, while even better piston aircraft coming off the production ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

Volcanic Ash An atmosphere with a lot of volcanic ash would definitely change the development of aviation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcanic_ash_and_aviation_safety An internal combustion engine ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

Third-world warfare It's common for least-developed countries to rely on airplanes decades behind the state of the art. Some can't afford or maintain jet fighters, even early generation ones. And ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

Great Depression extension by 15-17 Years. Although it is plausible for fuel supplies to be constrained, or to limit the individuals involved in Jet Engine development - in reality an economic ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

The outbreak of WW2 is delayed or else never occurs While as another poster has pointed out research into jet engines commenced and patents were taken out many years before the development and wide ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

Two changes: Frank Whittle was never born, and operation paperclip never existed. The jet engine was invented independently by Englishman Frank Whittle and German Hans von Ohain in the 1930s. ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

No specific reason is necessary. 15-17 years is nothing. If you are writing an alternative history, it is completely plausible that jet engine development was delayed. There is no need for alternative ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

Skepticism New technology can easily run into skepticism. At the time people felt planes were already going plenty fast. If you then have a new engine that is guzzling fuel like crazy, and might even ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

Just remove WWII. Jet engines were designed in the early years of the 20th century, just like fusion reactors which were originally designed in the 1950's (although never constructed). The reason we ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

Lower fuel abundance As with cars' development causing increase of oil digging and refining, airplanes also cause demand for highly refined fuel (say, in Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines ...
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How could jet fighter development be delayed by about 15-17 years without impacting the development of piston engined aircraft?

I see some serious problems with your goal. Looking at the history of jet engine, we see that first patents were granted around 1906, with development ongoing until 1939 saw the Heinkel He 178 first ...
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