PRE-DREADNOUGHT NAVAL WARFARE:
- The center of a ship, especially the area between the
masts or bridges.
- In a direction toward the side of a ship at right angles
to the center-line. Along the side of a ship. A ship on its beam ends
has flipped over on its side without capsizing.
- Boat Gun
- A small, manually loaded cannon used to fire at torpedo
boats and destroyers. Usually rated according to shell weight, i.e. - 12
pounder, 6 pounder, etc. In Battlefleet, boat guns are averaged into one master
category in order to speed game play.
- The main command center of a vessel, including map room,
platforms and other structures related to operating the vessel.
- Flip upside down. Very bad.
- Conning Tower
- The armored command center of a ship, usually located
immediately under the bridge. In Battlefleet, also synonymous with a bridge
- The smokestack. Used to eject smoke from a ship's boilers
and maintain a fresh supply of oxygen to the fires. Collapsed funnels could
cause a ship to lose speed due to "choked" boilers caused by the resulting
- To tilt or incline to one side. Happens to a vessel when
water enters, flooding one area more than others. A vessel which suffers severe
listing may capsize.
- The section of a vessel where the gunpowder for its guns
is stored. Historically, exploding magazines have sunk the battleships Arizona,
Hood and Borodino to name a few.
- Left. As in the port side of a ship, or turning to
port (turning to the left).
- For game purposes, one cannon shell fired out of one
cannon is a round. A gun which has a rate-of-fire of two can fire two
rounds each turn. Each round fired in Battlefleet actually represents
several "real life" shells due to each turn representing three minutes (i.e. -
Rounds in Battlefleet are abstractions of actual firepower).
- A series of several cannon rounds "fired for effect" or
otherwise meant to cause damage. Opposed to spotting rounds, which are
single shots used merely to aid in range estimation.
- The part of a gun platform which partially projects over
the side of a ship. Used to increase the arc-of-fire of a gun position,
especially toward the front or rear of a vessel.
- Right. As in the starboard side of a vessel or turning to
starboard (turning to the right). Combined slang: an object spotted off the
starboard beam would mean something seen out off the right side of a
- The extreme front end of a vessel. A stem gun is a small
cannon built into the extreme forward "nose" of a ship.
- The rear end or back of a vessel.