East Indiamen were large merchant ships, sailing under the flag of major European trading powers on behalf of the powerful East India companies. While their main purpose was to transport goods and passengers, they were often well–armed so they could defend themselves, but they were normally not very fast ships. The crew and number of guns varied widely, depending on the type of service the ship was performing.
Duc de Duras 1765
The Duc de Duras was a merchant ship which regularly sailed half way around the world on behalf of the French East India Company. Her design allowed her to be quickly transformed into a warship in case of necessity to support the navy. When the French East India Company dissolved, all its ships were “adopted” by the French Navy, including the Duc the Duras. Purchased by King Louis XVI of France in early 1779, her size and new armament made her the equivalent of a 50–gun 4th rate ship of the line. This ship pack can also be used to represent the French ex–merchant ship “Dauphin 1766 (1770)”.
One 1/1000 scale model
Special base with game stats
1 ship log
1 ship card
Box Size: 4.33 x 4.72 x 2.36 in (11 x 12 x 6 cm)
Box Weight: ~ 3.5 oz (0.1 kg)
In each pack you will find all you need to play with the ship: a special base with gaming stats, a ship log and a specific deck of maneuver cards. The ship base, ship card and ship log are printed on two sides – The game data of a second ship is printed on the back.