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Wow, and I thought that other nations also had gunboats. I must have been wrong, only the Americans.

What about gunboat deplomacy throughout the world?

Expand & globalise[edit]

Agree with comment above, one could believe gunboats are essentially an american type of ship. I added the SMS Panther picture, it does quite a difference, but the text needs some major editing.--victor falk 18:33, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

River craft[edit]

The American craft used in Vietnam were used in what seems to have been called "riverene" attacks. As these craft never seem to have carried anything larger than heavy calibre machine guns do they really qualify as gunboats?AT Kunene (talk) 09:58, 5 January 2011 (UTC)

Row galleys[edit]

I came across row galley recently. It seems to me that they're simply large gunboats with a somewhat original name. Anyone opposed to redirecting the term to this article?

Peter Isotalo 13:22, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

Introduction Section[edit]

The intro says:

"A gunboat is a naval watercraft designed for the express purpose of carrying one or more guns to bombard coastal targets, as opposed to those military craft designed for naval warfare, or for ferrying troops or supplies."

But is this a good definition? A lot of the gunboats described in this article don't seem to meet that definition. They're used to fight other boats quite often. Isn't it more accurate to say that a gunboat is "a naval watercraft designed for surface combat or shore bombardment in shallow waters close to shore, armed with guns and generally of a smaller size. " --Pmw2cc (talk) 16:28, 27 August 2014 (UTC)