Important world building/character design question:
What kind of fairytales or bedtime stories were they told as a kid?
Turtle Ship by Admiral Yi Sun-sin (by J Lee)
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turtle_ship for the detail.
광화문광장 Gwanghwamun Square, 서울 종로구 세종로 Seoul, South Korea
거북선 龜船 Turtle ship
Alright historical side of tumblr/ folks against white supremacy check this bad a$$ ship out! (and that a$$ of a bro in class who argued with me that white people made the 1st ironclad ship)
This is the Kobuckson (거북선) kobuck=turtle, son=ship, which was the 1st ironclad ship in the world made/designed by the famous Korean General Yi Sun SIn.
It was created in early 15th century, it was made to fight off the Japaneses naval forces, when Toyotomi Hideyoshi attempt to conquer Korean from 1592-1598. it had length of 100 to 120 feet, beam was 30 to 40 ft, required 80 oarsmen, complimented 50 soldiers, and adorned with sulfur gas thrower, iron spiked roof top that discouraged the enemy men from attempting to board the ship, and 26 cannons (at least 5 different types of cannons) that fired ranged between 200 yds to 600 yrds.
The most distinguishable feature was that a dragon shaped head at the front, it was placed as an early form of psychological warfare to scare Japaneses soldiers. Inside of the dragon’s mouth there was canon that fired flames or dense toxic smoke that was generated to obscure vision and interfere with the Japaneses ability to maneuver and coordinate properly.
Some white historians are still denying that the top of turtle ship was iron, but many source from history and journal of Western travelers states that the ship was indeed had ironclads. And one point in history when Korea was invaded by the French Navy, the government ordered an ironclad ship be built “like the turtle ship”. However, despite all efforts the design failed to float
Replica of Korean turtle warship. First used in 15th century.
Can’t sleep so I’m queuing a bunch of turtle ship posts from my phone because they’re the best ships in the world.
Accidentally came across someone’s review of a movie about Korea ‘s most revered military figure set during one of Japan’s many invasion attempts (and possibly their most successful until the occupation proceeding world war ii) and their opinion basically boiled down to:
"Maybe it’s because I don’t know the history but making it so black and white makes me uncomfortable because war is war and shouldn’t be glorified. "
Did you just… miss the part of the movie where they’re stated is an invasion? And that Japan was literally one battle away from a straight shot to the capital and Korea ‘s navy was down to literally 13 ships? Because all that is true. And they managed to hold off a naval force of over 300 ships with to tactics, maneuverability and weapons. Without losing a single ship of their own. Was it exactly done as the movie portrayed? No, as the admiral more support than the movie showed. But the premise is still the truth.
Also if Japan’s treatment of native Koreans during their occupation is any indication, they probably weren’t the nicest people to those villages they captured during this invasion either.
IT COMES OUT THIS WEEK
AND THAT’S WONDERFUL
THIS IS JUST IN TIME FOR MY BIRTHDAY!
Started reading Stanislaw Lem’s Star Diaries and ten pages in he’s already accidently put a steak in orbit around his rocket ship and is arguing temporal causality with his future selves. This is amazing.