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Xorixeulōm Fleudō (Warship Fleet)

Not Available Weapons
Primary Secondary Armour: 4 Morale: 25
Type: none none Shield: 0 Discipline: normal
Attack: 6 0 Skill: 1 Training: untrained
Charge: 0 0 Recruitment Other
Lethality: 1 1 Soldiers: 13 Hit Points: 1
Range: 0 0 Cost: 3000 Mass: 1
Ammo: 0 0 Upkeep: 900
Turns: 2
Attributes: Can board ships
Formation: Square Side/Back spacing: 1.2 / 1.8
Ownership: Swebozez, Eleutheroi

The Warship Fleet are wooden boats made from pieces and planks. Although fast, they are unsuitable for open sea voyages due to low sides and the lack of sails.

χori-χeulōm Fleudō
(KhO-ri-kheu-LŌM FLEU-dō, "Fleet of Warships")

The Xorixeulōm Fleudō is composed of vessels based on the Hjortspringbaden boat from around 350 BC. The remainings of it, along with purposely destroyed swords and other arms and items found in a South Danish peat bog, were sacrificed to an unknown god. The 19 meter long boat was built of one bottom plank and 2 pairs of side planks. Each plank that was sewn together, had rows of hewn-out cleats to which the elegant combined frames and seats were tied. The stem and stern was cut from a single piece of wood. Just like all other germanic boats, this too was not equipped with sails. Some of the designs featured in this boat can also be seen in much later craft, like the Nydam boat or even viking ships.

Ancient Germans were not famous as ship builders, especially compared to the peaks they achieved in Viking times. Although a number of rock carvings, especially in Scandinavia, show that boats were important, constuction was rather simple. Boats were rather small and all were propelled by oars (sails were not used before 500 AD), making them unsuitable for longer sea voyages. Still they were very useful in both rivers and for coastline voyages.