|Guns||28 (13 on each side, 2 stern chasers)|
|Produced from||Fishing Fleet, Shipyard, Trading Port or higher|
|Cost||540 SP/580 MP|
A Race-Built Galleon is a ship type in Empire: Total War.
A galleon is a square rigged warship, capable of long ocean voyages and of carrying some cargo. Demi-culverins are the usual armament carried.
A galleon is a strong, seaworthy vessel, capable of surviving an Atlantic crossing in the worst of weathers. This is a tribute to their builder’s methods and techniques, learned over the decades of making caravels and carracks. The lines of a galleon show its medieval heritage, as the type is similar to the earlier ships, but without their high forecastle shape. The galleon retains a high stern castle, but its main fighting power is on the gun deck. This change meant that galleons are not fighting platforms for (land) troops, but fight with broadside batteries of demi-culverin cannons. In this respect, it is a forerunner to the later square-rigged rated ships of the line. The guns and strength of construction make them dangerous targets, as numerous English pirates and privateers discovered to their cost.
A galleon can also carry a substantial cargo. The Spanish galleon fleets carrying bullion from the New World, for example, made a tempting target because they were such good cargo vessels. The wealth they imported was almost beyond calculation. The gold and silver, however, damaged Spain by flooding the country with “cheap” money, and there was no understanding of economics to help stop the problem.
Unique to the Pirates faction (unless captured by other factions), Race-Built Galleons are seaworthy vessels, carrying similar firepower to Brigs, but with much better hull strength and sails, as well as a covered deck to protect their crews from Grape Shot. They are strong enough to pose a serious threat to anything lighter than a frigate, although they are ineffectual against larger ships due to their rather insubstantial firepower.
Race-built galleons cannot initiate boarding actions. Unlike Galleons, they are not merchant ships and cannot utilize trade nodes.
|Empire: Total War Ships|
|Light Ships||Brig • Galley • Light Galley • Race-Built Galleon • Sloop • Xebec|
|Frigates||24-pounder Frigate • Admiral's Flagship, 5th Rate • Carronade Frigate • Fifth Rate • Razee • Sixth Rate • USS Constitution|
|Ships of the Line||Admiral's Flagship, 1st Rate • Admiral's Flagship, 3rd Rate • First Rate Ship of the Line • Fourth Rate Ship of the Line • Heavy First Rate • HMS Victory • Second Rate Ship of the Line • Third Rate Ship of the Line|
|Trade Ships||Dhow • Fluyt • Galleon • Indiaman|
|Other Ships||Bomb Ketch • Rocket Ship • Steamship|