In naval warfare of the Age of Sail, what was the most desired way to fire at the enemy?

fire towards stern
fire towards bow
fire towards port side
fire towards starboard
Although each shot of raking fire is more likely to miss the target, it will cause more damage when successful. In addition, the targeted ship will have few or no guns able to return fire. A stern rake tends to be more damaging than a bow rake because the shots are not deflected by the curved and strengthened bow.
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fire towards port side
fire towards starboard
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