|Appears in||Napoleon: Total War|
|Belongs to||Most factions|
|Guns||14 (6 guns on each side, 2 bow mortars)|
|Range||750 (mortar), ~425 (round shot), ~325 (chain shot), ~125 (grape shot)|
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.
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.
|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||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|