The use of hot shot dates back centuries. It was stopped when vessels armored with iron replaced wooden warships in the world's navies. It was a powerful weapon against wooden warships, where fire was always a hazard. It was mainly used on shore batteries and forts, due to the need for a special furnace to heat the shot.
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- Fitz-enz, David G. (2005). Old Ironsides: Eagle of the Sea. Taylor. pp. 186. .