Tyyr wrote:And the problem is that you have to somehow corner a ship that has a significant speed advantage (5 to 10 knots) and can see you ten times farther away than you can see it.
Like if you knew where it was or was going to be.
Tyyr wrote:Honestly the gigantic container ships are just wasteful. All you really need is a few thousand tons of capacity for your weaponry. If I got to pick what I'd use I'd go for something like the Maersk B Class. Smaller, but have a top speed of 36 knots and can cruise at 29.
Eh, I just went with the Edith Maersk for size disparity. She's literally 4 times the length of a Colossus.
Teaos wrote:Same thing with the modern day cargo ship back in the 1800's. Fill a few old fashioned ships up with all the explosives you can and charge it. One will get through if you send enough especially if the terrain is with you, like the English channel or straights of Gebralta.
You'd need literally every ship you could throw at it, all massed at once. Meanwhile, the excocets and harpoons are destroying a ship every ten or fifteen seconds.
A modern cargo ship, armed to the brim with modern weapons, could single-handedly fight (and possibly destroy) every navy on Earth from 1884. At once.