Wooden Frigate - Kaiyo Maru classPowerful and strong, the Kaiyo Maru is blessed with excellent firepower and crew morale.
The Kaiyo Maru is an impressive vessel: her sheer size sets her apart from other ships. Her coal-fired engine is the main source of propulsion. She is slow moving but incredibly strong, a strength which is backed up with excellent firepower. Her range and accuracy are both good, and the rifle-armed crew members have exceptional morale. Her size means she is most effective in open sea battles rather than close quarter coastal and port battles.
The Kaiyo Maru was constructed in the Netherlands at the shipyards of Cornelis Gips and Sons. At the time of launch she was the largest wooden warship ever built in a Dutch shipyard and cost the Shogun and his government 831,200 guilders. She arrived in Japan in 1867 just before the Boshin War.
In the autumn of 1868, the original Kaiyo Maru was one of seven ships that carried troops loyal to the Shogun, along with the French military advisor Jules Brunet, to the island of Hokkaido. It was here that they established the Republic of Ezo, the leaders petitioned the Imperial Court to allow them to continue the ways of the samurai on the island. Their request was turned down. This move was swiftly followed by a fleet carrying 7,000 men and, after a crushing defeat at the Battle of Hakodate, the short lived Ezo Republic was no more.
Unit NameWooden Frigate - Kaiyo Maru class
└ Multiplayer Limit0
├ Recruitment Turns4
└ Unit Limit8
├ Marines Typeboshin_marine
├ Missile Range180
├ Missile Accuracy30
└ Missile Ammunition30
├ Seamen Typeboshin_seaman
├ Melee Attack12
└ Melee Defence2
├ Gun Typeboshin_naval_cannon_medium
└ Fire Power250
├ Ship CategoryBoshin_Naval_Crew
└ Top Speed12
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Strengths & Weaknesses
- Large, slow moving vessel
- Large crew
- Excellent range and accuracy
- Excellent morale
- Strongest non-ironclad vessel available
- Excellent firepower