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“I’ll attack the ports on the north shore.”
Balbus asked, “Don’t you still have the problem of being able to defeat Sextus in a sea battle? What if he comes up and defeats you, Agrippa?”
“If he sails up to attack me, he’ll leave Messana unprotected, and we’ll be able to safely transport Statilius’ land armies over to Sicily from Italy.
“As far as his being able to defeat me, you have to remember that Sextus has never been attacked like this before. I’m having the hulls of our large ships double-planked so that it’ll be hard for Sextus’ smaller ships to penetrate them with their battering rams We’re going to overpower him with the sheer number of our ships and men from every direction. Our land armies will easily overcome his armies once we get on shore.”
“Let me show you something else.” Agrippa went to the cabin door and made a motion to one of centurions. A few minutes later, two soldiers came walking in carrying a seven-foot-long, metal-clad wooden pole with a grappling hook attached at one end and a ring attached to the other end…..