Subject: [gurps] [VEHICLE] of the week 578 - Caravel of the
Line



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Onno Meyer, 2005-11-21

Caravel of the Line v1.0 (TL3)
Copyright 2005 by Onno Meyer

Any experienced time traveler should know how to make gunpowder, but
designing the rigging for a proper ship of the line or casting tons of
bronze for a large cannon are more difficult.
So this ship uses a lateen rig much like a 15th century caravel. The
lateen rig had been used for small boats since Roman times. The cannon
are all rather short, with two 24-pounders, eight 12-pounders, and two
6-pounders in each broadside and two 6-pounders in the bow.
It takes 30 men to sail the caravel and 200 to fight it with gunners
for one broadside and a few marines. There is room for 200 hammocks in
the gun deck and a comfortable cabin aft. Four more cabins have solid
locks for important prisoners: it would never do to toss them into the
dark and damp hold.
As listed, the caravel carries 120 tons of food and water, 54.8 tons
of guns and ammunition, 40 tons of cargo and 1.5 tons of boats on deck.

Subassemblies: Body +8, Superstructure +5, 100' Mast +2, 120' Mast +3,
90' Mast +2, Open Mount +1.
Powertrain: 11,000 sf lateen-rigged sails.
Occ: 25 RCS (body), 4 RCS (superstructure), 2 XCSR (OM), 200 hammocks
(body), 1 luxury cabin (superstructure).
Cargo: 4,000 cf.

Armor F RL B T U
Body: 3/25 3/30 3/25 3/25 3/30
Superstructure: 3/25 3/30 3/25 3/25
Masts: 3/20 3/20 3/20 3/20 3/20

Weaponry
2 24-pounder cannon [Bod:R] (100 rounds each) +0.
2 24-pounder cannon [Bod:L] (100 rounds each) +0.
8 12-pounder cannon [Bod:R] (100 rounds each) +0.
8 12-pounder cannon [Bod:L] (100 rounds each) +0.
2 6-pounder cannon [Sup:R] (100 rounds each) +0.
2 6-pounder cannon [Sup:L] (100 rounds each) +0.
2 6-pounder cannon [Bod:F] (100 rounds each) +0.

Equipment
Body: Two sets of navigation instruments; carpentry workshop; sewing
workshop; brig (4 cabins); 20,000 man-days of provisions. External:
1,233 sf top deck (Body); 167 sf top deck (Superstructure).

Statistics
Size: 125'x30'x145' Payload: 240 tons Lwt.: 480 tons
Volume: 50,345.7 cf Maint.: 34 hours Price: $344,125

HT: 8. HPs: 12,000 Body, 1,500 superstructure, 300 100'-Mast,
400 120'-Mast, 250 90'-Mast, 100 Open Mount

wSpeed: 16 wAccel: 0.4 wDecel: 0.2 wMR: 0.02 wSR: 3
Draft 7.9'. Flotation rating 1,248 tons. MUA 35 degrees.

Design Notes
Body is 48,000 cf. Superstructure is 2,000 cf. 100' Mast is 100 cf.
120' Mast is 172.8 cf. 90' Mast is 72.9 cf. Open Mount is 20 cf.
Structure is medium and standard, with average hydrodynamics. Armor is
standard wood. Waterproofed. Primitive controls. There are 164 cf of
empty space in the superstructure and 1,447.2 cf of empty space in the
body. Empty weight is 480,000 lbs. (not including the carriage-mounted
guns).

Weapon Weight Volume Cost Power WPS VPS CPS TL
6-pounder, 91mm 1,700 34 $3,800 - 9 0.06 1.8 3
12-pounder, 115mm 2,600 52 $5,600 - 18 0.12 3.6 3
24-pounder, 144mm 4,100 82 $8,600 - 36 0.24 7.2 3

Weapon Ammo Malf. Type Damage SS Acc 1/2D Max RoF
6-pounder, 91mm solid 13 cr. 6d*3 25 5 270 1,600 1/90
12-pounder, 115mm solid 13 cr. 6d*4 30 5 300 1,700 1/90
24-pounder, 144mm solid 13 cr. 6d*5 30 5 340 1,800 1/108

The TL3 vehicle uses the design rules from Vehicles [2nd edition, 3rd
printing, Dec 2004 errata], VXi and VXii (including the optional armor
volume rule) with the text format from Vehicles Lite.


Next Week: A Traveller TL5 cargo submarine.
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