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Age of sail
The age of sail runs roughly from the Battle of Lepanto (1571), the last significant engagement in which galleys played a major part, to the Battle of Hampton Roads (1862), in which the steam-powered CSS Virginia destroyed the sailing ships USS Cumberland and USS Congress, finally culminating with the advance of steam power, rendering sail power unnecessary.
See also: Age of Discovery
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