Ships

Here are just four of the many ships you can acquire (legally or otherwise) in the game. Click the arrows to see more!

Sloop

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Sloop

The sloop is a Dutch designed small, fore-and-aft-rigged vessel equipped with one or two square sails before the mast. This vessel becomes very popular in the Caribbean during the 1630s and 1640s. It is extremely fast and exceptionally manoeuvrable -- better than almost any other ship in light winds. (In strong winds, though, a sloop can be considerably slower than a larger ship.) Under oars, the sloop can move directly into the wind. A sloop has a shallow draft, allowing it to sail over shoals with no risk.

Despite its modest size and cargo capacity, a sloop's manoeuvrability is so great that many buccaneers prefer it to larger, more powerful craft. Indeed, the English Royal Navy has built a number of sloops for its own use as pirate hunters.

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