Feel the authentic thrill of the battle when you wage war on the high seas in the game of Battleship. Take charge and command your own fleet to defeat the enemy. With convenient portable battle cases and realistic naval crafts, Battleship puts you right in the middle of the action. It’s a full-out assault. Position your ships strategically to survive the relentless strikes. Then target your opponent’s ships and wipe them out. You know you can do it!
Battleship was the name given to the most powerfully gun-armed and most heavily classes of warships built from the mid-nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries. They evolved from the broadside ironclads and Pre-Dreadnoughts of the nineteenth century and the Dreadnoughts of the twentieth century. During (1939-45), they were superseded as the deciding factor at sea by . The term "battleship" came from the earlier term, "line-of-battle ship." The latter term, along with "ship-of-the-line," was usually used to refer to such ships during the Age of Sail era, but "battleship" can be used for all such ships.
The origin of the battleship can be found in the Great ships built by the British in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and the similar large carracks built by other European nations at the same time. These vessels, developed from the cogs which traded in the North Sea and Baltic, had an advantage over galleys because they had raised platforms called "castles" at the bow and stern which could be occupied by archers, who fired down on enemy ships. Over time these castles became higher and larger, and eventually started to be built into the structure of the ship, increasing overall strength.
With the growing importance of colonies and exploration and the need to maintain trade routes across stormy oceans, galleys and galleasses (a larger, higher type of galley with side-mounted guns, but lower than a galleon) were used less and less, and by about 1750 had little impact upon naval battles. By the 1710s every major naval power was building galleons.