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The Fluyt is a ship type in Empire: Total War.

DescriptionEdit

A Fluyt is a design for a square-rigged merchantman that is faster and handier than a galleon.

The ship is a good sailor, as befits a design coming from a seafaring nation like Holland.

Historically, the fluyt was originated by Dutch shipbuilders, and the type helped the Dutch to become a maritime trading nation in the 17th Century. Extensively used by the Dutch trading companies, it was soon adopted by other nations. The vessels were easy for a relatively small crew to handle, and could carry around a dozen cannon for self-defence, although these were sometimes left ashore so that even more cargo could be carried.

The fluyt had a distinctive “fat-bottomed” cross section. This was a cunning scheme to avoid taxes and tolls, as the Danish had a habit of charging tolls based on deck area for access to the straits between Denmark, Norway and Sweden. A small deck (the big cargo hold below counted for nothing) meant lower taxes! The Dutch had to pay these tolls if they wanted access to any of the lucrative Baltic trade.

General InformationEdit

Fluyts are trading ships available only to the United Provinces and the Pirates. They are much more powerful than Indiamen due to their more substantial number of guns and increased firepower. Compared to galleons, Fluyts are weaker but more maneuverable. Their hull strength lies between that of a Third Rate Ship of the Line and a Fourth Rate, making them quite durable and more than a match for most pirate ships. However, they are significantly more expensive to train and maintain than Indiamen, so it may be financially wise to phase them out in lieu of Indiamen once proper warfleets may be assembled to defend the trading theatres.


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Light Ships BrigGalleyLight GalleyRace-Built GalleonSloopXebec
Frigates 24-pounder FrigateAdmiral's Flagship, 5th RateCarronade FrigateFifth RateRazeeSixth RateUSS Constitution
Ships of the Line Admiral's Flagship, 1st RateAdmiral's Flagship, 3rd RateFirst Rate Ship of the LineFourth Rate Ship of the LineHeavy First RateHMS VictorySecond Rate Ship of the LineThird Rate Ship of the Line
Trade Ships DhowFluytGalleonIndiaman
Other Ships Bomb KetchRocket ShipSteamship

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