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Nanban Trade Ship

This European merchant ship is armed with powerful cannons as defence against pirate raids.

European or ‘nanban’ traders are the main source for cannons and matchlock firearms, along with other valuable goods, such as silk from China. Their cargo also makes them a prime target for the notorious wako pirates who haunt the Japanese coastline. For protection, trade ships are fitted with powerful European cannons, giving them some of the capabilities of a warship. If a daimyo can afford it, and is willing to trust barbarous, uncouth Europeans, he can hire these ships for his fleet, but at a very high cost. A typical “nanban” ship was the caravel, a European design with two masts and lateen-rigged sails.

Nanban means “southern barbarian”, the term used for the European merchants who traded with Japan from the 1540s onwards. Japan had little contact with outsiders, and Europeans were considered coarse and crude when measured against traditional Japanese etiquette. The nanban trade brought European weapons and goods from China, but suspicion of European motives and the influx of Christian missionaries eventually resulted in the policy of “sakoku”. In 1633 Japan became a ”locked country” and foreigners were banned from entry.

Nanban Trade Ship

Unit Name

Nanban Trade Ship

Unit Key

Galleon_Caravel

Soldiers

300

Category

Heavy Ship

Class

Galleon

Multiplayer Cost

4000

└ Multiplayer Limit

0

Recruitment Cost

1500

├ Recruitment Turns

3

└ Unit Limit

0

Unkeep Cost

250

Marines

100

├ Marines Type

├ Missile Range

├ Missile Accuracy

└ Missile Ammunition

Seamen

200

├ Seamen Type

├ Melee Attack

└ Melee Defence

Gunners

20

├ Gun Type

shogun_european_naval_cannon
shogun_european_naval_cannon

├ Range

700

└ Fire Power

200

Accuracy

75

Reloading Skill

6

Hull Strength

400

├ Ship Category

Galleon_Matchlock

├ Manoeuvrability

Low

└ Top Speed

16

Morale

13

Abilities

No Ability

Strengths & Weaknesses

  • Very devastating at range.
  • Very large crew.
  • Decent speed and manoeuvrability.
  • Strong hull.