We can observe a battle involving boarding and hand to hand fighting involving Cutlasses
thus to study the devastating effects of this weapon!and its use in the Royal Navy.
More casualties occurred in this single action than to HMS Victory's crew in the Battle of Trafalgar.
The case study being seen on~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capture_of_USS_Chesapeake
As a pre-amble this is the historical note ~110...The Capture of USS Chesapeake, or the Battle of Boston Harbor, was fought on 1 June 1813, between the Royal Navy's frigate HMS Shannon and American frigate USS Chesapeake, as part of the War of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain. The Chesapeake was captured in a brief but intense action in which over 80 men were killed.