(Image USS Constitution vs HMS Java)
I've always loved naval history, especially Age of Sail, when I played my first game of Wooden Ships and Iron Men. Then I immersed myself in C.S. Forester's stories of Horatio Hornblower and later other naval heroes. Not to mention, watching the movie produced by Raoul Walsh, anytime it was on TV. Of course, I also had a wicked crush on Virginia Mayo, but that's another story...
Anyway, I stumbled across a post inquiring about ship armaments on The Miniatures Page, which in turn, led me to the following databases:
Three Decks--Warships in the Age of Sail, and it's companion wiki, 3 Decks--Naval Sailing Warfare History.
Both links can now be found under the Historical Sites section in sidebar.
Wishing all of you "fair winds and following seas" in all your endeavours.