For the Empire: Total War unit, see Bomb Ketch (Empire: Total War).

Bomb Ketch
Bomb Ketch NTW
Appears in Napoleon: Total War
Belongs to Most factions
Crew 45
Guns 14 (6 guns on each side, 2 bow mortars)
Firepower 216
Range 750 (mortar), ~425 (round shot), ~325 (chain shot), ~125 (grape shot)
Accuracy 60
Reloading skill 20
Hull strength 170
Speed 17
Maneuverability Low
Morale 7
Produced from Drydock
Cost 1040
Upkeep 260
Unit Cap None
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The Bomb Ketch is a type of support ship in Napoleon: Total War.


This is a small, two-masted ketch-rigged vessel, adapted to carry a single large mortar upon its forward deck.

All sailing ships rely on having their masts and sails in positions that give them a balanced and evenly weighted push from the wind. Bomb ketches are not handy sailing vessels, thanks to their compromised rigging and the weight of the mortar and its mounting. The design needs to keep the forward portion of the ship clear for firing the mortar.

The strength of a bomb is in its mortar. This can throw an explosive shell high into the air to plunge down on enemies. The fact that the shell is explosive rather than solid adds to its deadly qualities: men and structures are equally shredded by the arrival of a shell.

Duty aboard a “bomb” was not an enviable posting, and there was a good reason why bomb ketches were named after volcanoes, fire-gods or fearsome ideas. They had a nasty tendency to explode, thanks to the shells that they carried; fire aboard a mortar was far more dangerous than aboard any other type of sailing ship, as the ammunition as well as the propellant powder could go up! Despite this, all navies found them a useful ship to have, and the original French design was soon copied by all the sea-going European powers.

General InformationEdit

Bomb ketches are support ships, lobbing mortars at distant targets during naval battles. While inaccurate, mortars deal heavy damage if they find their targets, killing crews, and sometimes causing fires. Due to their inaccuracy, bomb ketches are best used against large ships, or against clusters of ships. Bomb ketches have a few cannons for self defense, but they have very weak hulls and are prone to exploding; they do not survive direct combat for long, even against frigates, and they are best kept on the sidelines.

Some factions' ship statistics are different from others; differences are listed below (traits that to not differ are not listed). While French and British ships normally have better hull strength than their counterparts in other factions, this is not the case for bomb ketches.

Faction Accuracy Reloading Speed Morale Cost Upkeep
France 70 20 18 7 1050 SP/1260 MP 260
Great Britain 60 30 17 9 980 SP/1170 MP 240
General 60 20 17 7 1040 SP/1250 MP 260
Napoleon: Total War Ships
Light Ships BrigGalleySloop
Frigates 24-gun Frigate32-gun Frigate38-gun FrigateCarronade FrigateRazee
Ships of the Line 106-gun Ship-of-the-Line122-gun Ship-of-the-Line50-gun Ship-of-the-Line64-gun Ship-of-the-Line74-gun Ship-of-the-Line80-gun Ship-of-the-Line86-gun Ship-of-the-Line98-gun Second RateHMS ElephantSantissima Trinidad
Steam Ships 38-gun Steam Ship80-gun Steam ShipIroncladSteam Paddle Frigate
Trade Ships Dhow (Trade Ship)Indiaman (Trade Ship)Merchantmen (Trade Ship)
Support Ships Bomb KetchRocket Ship