¿Por qué? Is it necessary now to have Yahoo groups to fix what was wrong when something was published?
Isn't that the purpose of the WAB list and the WAB Forum?
The USS Constitution is frequently cited as having a shot furnace in such authoritative souces as Wikipedia. The Sailing Navies thread may put that fact into perspective, as well as the French usage of heated shot.
Thanks for the links Allen. So red hot shot was used occasionally but one thing becomes very obvious reading the accounts, the great difficulty and effort to heat up a single ball to such high temperatures - we are talking individual cannonballs, not some sort of production line capable of feeding an entire broadside battery 'ad infinitum'.
So a good house rule? Once per game! Or one of the broadside factors gets a special die for firing red hot shot. We will be looking at sheer folly if anyone believes they can feed an entire broadside of scores of guns with red hot shot.