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 Help. I was lead to beleive that when the canons are run out for battle as the image shows the lower sails are furled to prevent canon balls shredding them. But the image contradicts this theory. Now was this an artist licence to paint the HMS Victory in this way, or are our beliefs questionable. I ask as I am creeping upto this stage. I considered leaving her bereft of sails but why would canons be run out when there are no sails on her. 


This image was from a documentary : Shipwrecks Britains Sunken past  


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Some of that is artistic license.   There's other times the guns were fully run out such as stoning the deck or just to provide room for the crew to move about.  Even for ventilation.  

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