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Turtle Ship


A turtle ship was a type of large Korean warship that was used by the Royal Korean Navy during the Joseon dynasty from the early 15th century up until the 19th century. It was used alongside the panokseon warships in the fight against invading Japanese naval ships. The ship's name derives from its protective shell-like covering. This design is often recognized as the first armored ship in the world.

Turtle ships participated in the war against Japanese naval forces supporting Toyotomi Hideyoshi's attempts to conquer Korea from 1592-1598. Korean Admiral Yi Sun-Shin is credited with designing the ship. Their most distinguishable feature was a dragon-shaped head at the front. His turtle ships were equipped many cannons and with a fully covered deck to deflect arrow fire, musket-shots, and incendiary weapons. The deck was covered with iron spikes to discourage enemy men from attempting to board the ship.

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