Gunboat

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A gunboat is a naval watercraft designed for the express purpose of carrying one or more guns to bombard coastal targets, as opposed to those military craft designed for naval warfare, or for ferrying troops or supplies.wikipedia
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Gunboat War

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For example: in the Battle of Alvøen (1808) during the Gunboat War of 1807–1814, five Dano-Norwegian gunboats defeated the lone frigate.
The war's name is derived from the Danish tactic of employing small gunboats against the conventional Royal Navy.

Battle of Alvøen

For example: in the Battle of Alvøen (1808) during the Gunboat War of 1807–1814, five Dano-Norwegian gunboats defeated the lone frigate.
It was fought on 16 May 1808 in Vatlestraumen, outside Bergen in Norway, between the British frigate HMS Tartar and a Norwegian force consisting of four kanonjolles and one kanonsjalupp (collectively known as gunboats).

Frigate

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As such boats were cheap and quick to build, naval forces favoured swarm tactics: while a single hit from a frigate's broadside would destroy a gunboat, a frigate facing a large squadron of gunboats could suffer serious damage before it could manage to sink them all.
While smaller than a ship-of-the-line, they were formidable opponents for the large numbers of sloops and gunboats, not to mention privateers or merchantmen.

Archipelago fleet

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The majority of these were vessels developed from the 1770s and onwards by the naval architect Fredrik Henrik af Chapman for the Swedish archipelago fleet.
Its vessels consisted of traditional Mediterranean-style galleys, prams, gunboats and specially-designed broadside-armed "archipelago frigates".

Galley

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The two countries clashed during the Russo-Swedish war of 1788–90, a conflict that culminated in the massive Battle of Svensksund in 1790, in which over 30,000 men and hundreds of gunboats, galleys and other oared craft took part.
In North America, during American Revolutionary War, and other wars with France and Britain, the early US Navy and other navies built vessels that were called "galleys" or "row galleys", though they were actually brigantines or Baltic gunboats.

River gunboat

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These could be classified, from the smallest to the largest, into river gunboats, river monitors, coastal-defense gunboats (such as ), and full-fledged monitors for coastal bombardments.
A river gunboat is a type of gunboat adapted for river operations.

Battle of Valcour Island

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Gunboats used in the Battle of Valcour Island (1776) on Lake Champlain during the American Revolutionary War were mostly built on the spot, attesting to the speed of their construction.
Other ships in the fleet included and, also two-masted schooners carrying 8 guns, as well as, a sloop (12 guns), and 8 gundalows outfitted as gunboats (each with three guns):,,,,,,,, the cutter Lee, and the row galleys and.

Battle of Svensksund

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The two countries clashed during the Russo-Swedish war of 1788–90, a conflict that culminated in the massive Battle of Svensksund in 1790, in which over 30,000 men and hundreds of gunboats, galleys and other oared craft took part.
Törning had the command of the right wing consisting of 39 gun sloops and 22 gun yawls while Hjelmstierna's left wing had 30 gun sloops and 14 gun yawls supported by 12 gun sloops and yawls from Cronstedt's brigade.

Crimean War

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British ships engaged larger 22 m Russian gunboats off Turku in southeast Finland in 1854 during the Crimean War.
On 21 May 1855, the gunboats and armed steamers attacked the seaport of Taganrog, the most important hub near Rostov on Don.

Torpedo gunboat

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With the addition of torpedoes they became "torpedo gunboats", designated by the hull classification symbol "PTG" (Patrol Torpedo Gunboat).
In late 19th-century naval terminology, torpedo gunboats were a form of gunboat armed with torpedoes and designed for hunting and destroying smaller torpedo boats.

Yangtze Patrol

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In this period the naval powers used gunboats for police actions in colonies or in weaker countries, for example in China (see e.g. Yangtze Patrol).
In 1874, the U.S. gunboat, reached as far as Ichang, at the foot of the Yangtze gorges, 975 mi from the sea.

John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

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In Britain, Admiral Fisher's reforms in the 1900s saw the disposal of much of the gunboat fleet.
Shortly afterwards, Fisher had his first brief command: taking the yacht of the China Squadron's admiral — the paddle-gunboat — from Hong Kong to Canton (presently Guangzhou), a voyage of four days.

List of gunboat and gunvessel classes of the Royal Navy

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This is a list of gunboat and gunvessel classes of the Royal Navy.

Hull classification symbol

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In the United States Navy, these boats had the hull classification symbol "PG", which led to their being referred to as "patrol gunboats".

Brown-water navy

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All of these boats were assigned to the US Navy's "Brownwater Navy".
It originated in the United States Navy during the American Civil War, when it referred to Union forces patrolling the muddy Mississippi River, and has since been used to describe the small gunboats and patrol boats commonly used in rivers, along with the larger "mother ships" that supported them.

River monitor

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These could be classified, from the smallest to the largest, into river gunboats, river monitors, coastal-defense gunboats (such as ), and full-fledged monitors for coastal bombardments.

Monitor (warship)

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These could be classified, from the smallest to the largest, into river gunboats, river monitors, coastal-defense gunboats (such as ), and full-fledged monitors for coastal bombardments.

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During the war and in the post-war period, these were deployed in Romania on the Danube, in Mesopotamia on the Euphrates and Tigris, in northern Russia on the Northern Dvina and in China on the Yangtze.
However this attempt angered the French, who dispatched two gunboats against the colony.

Insect-class gunboat

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In the circumstances of World War I (1914–1918), however, the Royal Navy re-equipped with small (625 LT), shallow-draught gunboats (12 ships of the Insect-class) with sufficient speed to operate in fast-flowing rivers and with relatively heavy armament.

Watercraft

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A gunboat is a naval watercraft designed for the express purpose of carrying one or more guns to bombard coastal targets, as opposed to those military craft designed for naval warfare, or for ferrying troops or supplies.

Gun

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A gunboat is a naval watercraft designed for the express purpose of carrying one or more guns to bombard coastal targets, as opposed to those military craft designed for naval warfare, or for ferrying troops or supplies.

Age of Sail

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In the age of sail, a gunboat was usually a small undecked vessel carrying a single smoothbore cannon in the bow, or just two or three such cannons.

Smoothbore

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In the age of sail, a gunboat was usually a small undecked vessel carrying a single smoothbore cannon in the bow, or just two or three such cannons.