[Ansteorra] RE: Pirates, Privateers, etc...
duncan_macnamara at hotmail.com
Tue Sep 13 17:32:15 PDT 2005
>Generally being a pirate/raider wasn't a full time profession. The Norse
>for instance, were often traders. However, like many traders, they weren't
>above turning to piracy and raiding when that benefit to risk ratio was
>better for that than trading.
>It really isn't until rather late in period that you start to see standing
>navies and purpose built warships. Much of the earlier naval fleets would
>have been converted merchantmen commandeered for the war effort. When
>cannons started to be used on shipboard, merchantmen often carried a few
>cannon for self-protection. These same cannon can be used for offensive as
>well as defensive purposes.
The Iron Lotus is a converted Galleon which was built in 1575.
"The Galleon was an ocean-going warship used by the European naval powers in
the 15th and 16th
centuries. A large, cumbersome vessel, the Galleon was three-masted and
sporting two decks, with it's cannon batteries in broadsides. Galleons were
mostly used to transport
gold, silver, slaves, and other cargo from the Americas, particularly by
Spanish and Portugese traders."
Lord Duncan MacNamara
Captain of the Iron Lotus
Commodore of the Allied Outlanders Fleet
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