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Red Seal Ship

A red seal ship is a large trading vessel. Despite its size, it is still largely defenceless.

A red seal ship is built for “blue water” sailing, making it hardier than most trade vessels, which are restricted to coastal routes. It can carry large cargoes, travel long distances and therefore has more opportunities for profitable trading. Unfortunately, this also makes it a tempting target for others, such as the wako pirates. A red seal ship’s structural strength improves its chances of survival in such an attack, but it is still vulnerable.

A ship in possession of a red-sealed patent was sanctioned by the Shogun himself, and allowed it to trade freely. The red seal permit system originated toward the end of the 16th century under Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It was an effort to combat Japanese piracy and also control foreign trade by sanctioning merchants and where they traded. Those chosen by Toyotomi Hideyoshi could travel overseas and were regarded as official ships under his personal protection. This not only warned off pirates, but also made it clear to foreigners that it was diplomatic to look after merchants!

Red Seal Ship

Unit Name

Red Seal Ship

Unit Key

Trade_Ship_Red_Seal_Ship

Soldiers

80

Category

Trade Ship

Class

Trade Ship

Multiplayer Cost

300

└ Multiplayer Limit

0

Recruitment Cost

300

├ Recruitment Turns

2

└ Unit Limit

0

Unkeep Cost

50

Marines

40

├ Marines Type

├ Missile Range

├ Missile Accuracy

└ Missile Ammunition

Seamen

40

├ Seamen Type

├ Melee Attack

└ Melee Defence

Hull Strength

300

├ Ship Category

Light_Ship_Bow

├ Manoeuvrability

Medium

└ Top Speed

10

Morale

11

Abilities

No Ability

Strengths & Weaknesses

  • Strongest trade ship.
  • Very vulnerable in combat if boarded.