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Naval ram

Type of naval weapon / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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A ram was a weapon fitted to varied types of ships, dating back to antiquity. The weapon comprised an underwater prolongation of the bow of the ship to form an armoured beak, usually between 2 and 4 meters (6–12 ft) in length. This would be driven into the hull of an enemy ship to puncture, sink or disable it.

A ram on the bow of Olympias, a modern reconstruction of an ancient Athenian trireme.