|80-gun Steam Ship|
|Belongs to||Most factions|
|Guns||80 (38 on each side, 2 stern chasers, 2 bow chasers)|
|Range||450 (round shot)/350 (chain shot)/150 (grape shot)|
|Tech requirement||Uniform Armament, Screw Propeller|
|Produced from||Steam Drydock|
|Turns to Train||8|
A steamship has sails but the engine gives it the tactical ability to ignore the wind in battle.
By having a good weight of broadside that can be brought to bear regardless of wind conditions, this 80-gun ship is a significant force in any fleet. The ability to sail directly into the wind is something that no sail-powered vessel can ever match.
The idea of going into battle with a fire raging in his ship’s belly was not one that appeals to every captain. Fire was always a risk aboard a wooden vessel, and boiler explosions were not unknown. There was also the problem of coaling stations: while these ships carried sails, they did need regular supplies of coal. Steam was a tactical advantage, not a strategic one.
Historically, the first British ship to be designed and built from scratch to use steam was HMS Agamemnon, laid down in 1852; previous steam warships were conversions from sailing ships-of-the-line. Agamemnon was fitted with sails and carried 91 guns. She also had a short career as the Navy’s pride and joy, as she was paid off in 1862. She did, however, help lay the first Transatlantic telegraph cable in 1857-8.
80-gun Steam Ships bear a strong resemblance statistically to 80-gun ships-of-the-line, with identical numbers in terms of guns, crew, accuracy, and reloading. However, 80-gun steam ships have superior firepower per cannon, better hull strength, and higher speed. Above all, as steam ships, they can move quickly regardless of whether or not they sail with the wind. However, they are significantly more expensive, and their technology and building requirements relegate them to the late game.
In the end game, when Iron Plating is finished researching, 80-gun steam ships are supplanted by Ironclads as the dominant steam ship type. Ironclads have far better hull strength, and are identical in all other stats save having slightly poorer, but still very respectable speed. However, 80-gun steam ships are far cheaper than Ironclads, and as long as they don't take too much punishment, they can fulfill their roles on the battlefield just as ably.
Some factions' ship statistics are different from others; differences are listed below (traits that to not differ are not listed).
|France||50||15||2100||19||10||2620 SP/3240 MP||650|
|Great Britain||40||25||2190||18||12||2480 SP/3050 MP||620|
|General||40||15||2100||18||10||2550 SP/3150 MP||630|
|Napoleon: Total War Ships|
|Light Ships||Brig • Galley • Sloop|
|Frigates||24-gun Frigate • 32-gun Frigate • 38-gun Frigate • Carronade Frigate • Razee|
|Ships of the Line||106-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 122-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 50-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 64-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 74-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 80-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 86-gun Ship-of-the-Line • 98-gun Second Rate • HMS Elephant • Santissima Trinidad|
|Steam Ships||38-gun Steam Ship • 80-gun Steam Ship • Ironclad • Steam Paddle Frigate|
|Trade Ships||Dhow (Trade Ship) • Indiaman (Trade Ship) • Merchantmen (Trade Ship)|
|Other Ships||Bomb Ketch • Rocket Ship|