fire ship

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a weapon consisting of a ship carrying explosives that is set adrift to destroy enemy ships

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He waves his sword against the Dutch, although they have sent a fireship toward him and so have neither the need nor the intention of closing with him.
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Talks going nowhere, Mansel tried to send in fireships, but this proved useless, as the wind shifted.
Equally as daft, Raleigh is seen commanding the fireships that partly destroy the Spanish fleet when in fact he was on shore.
Using fireships as a weapon, the Wu strategist Zhou Yu drove Cao's troops back, securing the Yangzi region.