Lateen Cutter

Modeled after older Eramii ships, much like the ones who first began trade with the Kalawan Kingdom and it’s neighboring islands, the changes made to these designs have created the Lateen Cutter. These ships make up the majority of the vessels built in Kalawa. These ships are ideal for both inter-island travel as well as longer deep sea voyages. The combination of Lateen sails, Collapsible Masts, and Segmented Hulls make these ships versatile and fast attack ships or great cargo runners when converted. Kalawan Lateen Cutters, have low decks and deep-hulls, slightly raised stern deck and prow shaped like a fish hook. They also have two outrigger hulls; these act much like the second hull of a catamaran providing increased stability. These hulls are submerged fully when the ship is loaded for bear. Otherwise, the hull cuts just above the surface of the water giving these sailing ships a noticeable arrowhead w wake. Two masts make this ship both incredibly fast and relatively agile, the lateen sails allow for tacking into the wind allowing for travel in any direction. The most recent addition of daggerboards, and a rudder which can be raised or lowered means that the newest design is incredibly stable and maneuverable, allowing these ships to outmaneuver more conventional ships and perform surprisingly tight turns. Tagatan captains have preferred to travel against the wind for generations, in this way if something goes wrong, they can quickly return home. An overall length of 40 meters makes these ships about the size of a large caravel or small carrack. The two-deck construction allows for rowers if the captain desires. They can carry some 150 soldiers in addition to a crew of 20(60 with oarsmen) in coastal waters. However, on longer sea voyages this number is cut to 60 crew and 100 soldiers. The construction of the decks being relatively low allows for two serious advantages. First, there is very little chance of these ships capsizing in storms, there was a problem with the vessel swamping in high seas and great waves, but clever engineering and a slightly stepped profile to the deck solved this problem generations ago. Second; due to the decks sitting below those of a more massive ship such as a carrack it makes it difficult for more massive weaponry such as ballistas and onagers to target the deck; This design does, however, leave the deck vulnerable to archers and boarding actions. The Tagatans counteract this by placing marines and sharpshooters in the masts and rigging where they can effectively fire back at enemy archers. When fully loaded for bear and crewed for battle these ships are deadly. Preferring to engage enemy ships in a quick hit and run tack tics before either boarding the ship or escaping into the distance Lateen Cutters are well equipped to handle most enemies. The prows of are equipped with a steel ram designed to quickly puncture a ships hull before withdrawing to allow water to pour into the gap. The Outrigger hulls prevent unwary ships from getting close enough to just drop planks onto the lower deck for boarding requiring that most boarding actions use ropes, exposing the boarders to sharpshooters. The outriggers themselves are topped with a steel blade designed to split the joints in the hull of ships which ride up against them; these often do little more than scar the hull of an enemy ship and function mainly to force enemies to keep their distance. The top deck is loaded with ballista which is either equipped with heavy steel bolts designed to damage rudders and rudder chains, or pots filled with oil, pitch, or molten copper. In some cases, if a ship is faster or must be captured, the ballistas are loaded with heavy bolts designed like harpoons meant to punch through the hull of an enemy ship and get lodged. Attached to the end of these is an extended length of chain or heavy rope linked to an anchor. When fired the anchor will be pulled off the deck as the two vessels move past each other.