Wasa

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Wasa (Kronprins Gustaf Adolf)
Wasa1.jpg
Rate3rd Rate
Guns64
ChasersBow and Stern Chasers
Broadside Weight
Cannon Broadside Weight797 pd
Carronade Broadside Weight912 pd
Battle Rating400
Total Crew550
Sailing Crew120
Minimum Crew385
Max Speed11.5 kn
Turn Rate2.5
Structure
Bow Armour Hit Points3250
Side Armour Hit Points13000
Stern Armour Hit Points1300
Structure Hit Points11700
Armour
Bow Armour Thickness42 cm
Side Armour Thickness70 cm
Stern Armour Thickness28 cm
Sail Hit Points13000
Mast Thickness126 cm
Rigging TypeSquare
DraughtDeep
Cargo Capacity980
Cargo Slots16
Crafting Level4

General Description

The Kronprins Gustaf Adolf or Wasa in game is a particularly well-armed Swedish 64-gun ship of the line, of the improved Wasa-Class. Visually, she is unique for her small poop deck in the middle of the quarterdeck.

Armament

Deck Gun Count Cannon Size Carronade Size
Bottom Gun Deck 26 32pd N/A
Middle Gun Deck 28 24pd N/A
Weather Deck 10 9pd 32pd
Bow Chasers 6 9pd 32pd
Stern Chasers 4 9pd 32pd

Repairs

Type Hull Rig Rum
Amount 9 11 138


Characteristics

Her Armor and general hit points are the lowest of all third rate ships of the line in game. Speed and armament are average. The charateristic that let's her stand out in regard to all other third rates is her great turnrate and the massive amount of chasers making her an excellent choice for an open world hunter.

History

(DISCLAIMER: This section describes the history of the original Wasa, not her upgraded sister ship, The Kronprins Gustaf Adolf (1782), on which is the ingame Wasa is based.)

Wasa was a Swedish 60 gun ship of the line , built in Karlskrona in 1778 by Fredrik Henrik af Chapman. She participated in the 1788 Russo-Swedish War, and fought at the battle of Hogland. She was sold in 1803 but re-purchased in 1808 and converted to a 50-gun ship. The Swedish East India Company took advantage of Wasa for a trip to Canton from 1803-1805. The crew was reduced as from 556 to 167 men. The ship was repurchased by the Navy in 1808 after her only trip for the East India Company.

Wasa is typical of many of Chapman's innovative ideas. Because Sweden built its armed forces on close cooperation between its different branches, army, artillery and navy. They requested a ship built that was powerful enough to fight the long-drawn artillery duels in battle line that was the past practice, but could also contribute to support the coastal operations and landings.

Chapman's idea was a ship that despite its small size could deliver great firepower . A smaller ship has the advantages that it is shallow and can navigate with more freedom and that the reduced water resistance gives greater maneuverability and speed. The low height also reduces the drift which helps the ship to keep the formation of a line and presents a smaller target for enemy shelling.

The result was a double-decker with space for 60 cannons. More traditionally built ships of the line at this time conducted usually 74 guns in three decks, and to compete with them they gave the ship a very powerful armament of 36- and 24-pounder guns. Chapman also invested in attaining high rigidity, with full sails set leaned ship no more than ten degrees at six to seven meters per second. With the addition highly placed lower gun deck were ship type a huge advantage in high winds and heavy seas.

The design, however, met some criticism from the fleet because the upper gun deck was almost completely unprotected, and therefore they did not think that the vessel could withstand the long hours of bombardment during a naval battle.

Wasa won over Sheldon Sofia Magdalena in test voyage and the ship became the Navy's standard for many years to come. An order of ten ships of the line were placed and built between 1782-1785. To appease the fleet the ships were built somewhat larger and stronger with increased protection for the upper gun deck and were given an increased armament of 64 cannons.

How to get the Crafting recipe

The crafting recipe will automatically be available on upgrading your shipyard to third level.

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