Detail from a map of Ortelius: Magellan’s ship Victoria 1590(1590)
A carrack is a three-masted
sailing ship, being square-rigged on the foremast and mainmast and lateen-rigged
on the mizzenmast. It has a high rounded stern with an aftcastle, a forecastle,
and a bowsprit on the stem. The superstructures (mentioned before) are relatively
large for the carracks size; making it prone to toppling in strong winds. A
typical three-masted carrack has six sails, namely a bowsprit, foresail, mizzen,
spritsail, and two topsails. Carracks are a relatively advanced design and not
every seafaring people have the skills or knowledge to build them.
Carracks are ocean-going
ships; large enough to be stable in heavy seas and roomy enough to carry provisions
for long voyages.
Colossal vehicle; seaworthiness +4; Ship-handling +1, Speed wind ×
30. (average); Overall AC -3; Hull sections 32 (sink 8 sections); section HP
80 (hardness 5); Section AC 3; Rigging Sections 3; Rigging hp 80 (hardness 0),
AC 1; Ram 5d6; Mounts 4 light and 2 heavy; space 120 ft. by 40 ft.; Height 10
ft. (draft 10 ft.); Complement 50; Watch 15; Cargo 480 tons (Speed wind ×
15 ft. if 120 tons or more); Cost 17,500 gp.
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