Fireship Tactics in the Line of Battle
This diagram shows the tactics of a fireship attack after the line of battle came to dominate. The fireships have to be supported by their own frigates and small boats to rescue their crews, while the defenders send their frigates and small boats to intercept the fireships.
Picture reproduced with the kind permission of Seaforth Publishing
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Rickard, J (6 August 2009), Fireship Tactics in the Line of Battle , http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_fireship_tactics.html