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Galley
Galley
Rate: 14 ratings
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Class Medium Galley Recruitable regions The Mediterranean and Baltic Coasts
(galleys)
Men 74 Required technology
Guns 2 Turns to build 1
Firepower 174 Unit limit 0
Range 500
Accuracy 57
Reloading Skill 3
Ammo.
Hull Strength 1032
Speed 18
Maneuver. High
Morale
Recruit. Cost 430
Upkeep Cost 100
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Galley Although made obsolescent by the rise of broadside-firing sailing ships, galleys still have a place in naval warfare. The wind (or its lack) does not limit their movement and, if well handled, galleys can run rings around sailing ships. A galley has a reasonable amount of firepower for its size with cannons on a firing platform, or with a full gun deck above the rowers (on a design called a galleas). Up to five men work each oar; these are convicts (at best) or slaves (at worst). The life of a rower is hard, brutal and can be short: chained to their oars, they will go down with the galley if it founders.

The galley’s main disadvantage is its vulnerability in heavy seas: it would almost certainly sink in a full Atlantic seaway. It is most useful in relatively calm waters such as the Mediterranean or Baltic. These smaller seas also help keep a galley close to port: the large crew size means that they cannot venture far from a supply port, making them unsuitable for trans-oceanic voyages.

Historically, the galley survived for a long time as a practical warship in sheltered waters. The Ottomans, Swedes and Russians all used them in their battle fleets. As late as the 1790s they were still in use in the Baltic and the Mediterranean (C. S. Forrester has his famous fictional hero Captain Horatio Hornblower face Spanish galleons in one encounter). North African corsairs also used galleys, as they had a ready supply of European slaves to serve in them.

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No. Card Name Building level Experience
1 Fishing Fleet port-fish 1 0
A deep sea fishing fleet can bring in a larger catch than inshore boats. Most of the catch has to be salted or pickled for return to port.
2 Major Fishery port-fish 2 0
A major fishery is a complex network of workshops and small industries, all providing the equipment needed for large scale fishing.
3 Dockyard port-navy 1 0
A dockyard can carry out major shipbuilding work, and usually includes a large number of associated artisans and tradesmen from coopers to victuallers.
4 Drydock port-navy 2 0
A dry dock is a large brick or stone basin with a set of watertight gates. Once a ship has floated in, the lock gates are shut and the dock drained.
5 Naval Hospital port-navy 3 1
A naval hospital gives high quality cares to the sick and wounded. A sailor who finds himself looked after here can count himself lucky!
6 Steam Drydock port-navy 3 1
A steam drydock is a magnificent achievement of an industrializing nation: a manufactory for ships without equal!
7 Commercial Port port-trade 1 0
Adding warehouses additional docks and even the services of the excisemen to a port increases the amount of trade that can be done. Now cargoes can be consolidated and shipped onwards.
8 Commercial Basin port-trade 2 0
With the addition of exchanges, shipping agents, customs houses, even more warehouses and even more docks, a basin becomes an economic powerhouse.
9 Global Trading Company port-trade 3 0
A massive enterprise controlling a nation’s trade to one part of the globe, or in certain commodities.
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