Wooden Ships and Iron Men—A Wet Navy Career for Classic Traveller
Editor’s Note: In our August issue, we announced a contest for a low-technology Wet Navy career, in connection with a Freelance Traveller project that we are removing from the back burner. For more information on this project, please see the article on page 30 of the downloadable magazine, or on Freelance Traveller's website. This career definition was part of the winning entry; for the Mongoose Traveller version of this career, also part of the winning entry, see the magazine article or this page on the website.
This career is presented for Classic Traveller, and requires an appropriate set of core rules. Unless otherwise noted, it should be assumed that all guns, whether personal or crew-served, are black-powder muzzle-loaders. In most cases, skill differences from the standard rules will be noted; where not otherwise indicated, any skill which might depend on the technology base available should be assumed to be at the TL3-TL4 level.
|DM +2 if||DEX 6+|
|DM +2 if||SOC 9+|
On Commission jump to Rank 3 but cannot be promoted to Captain before 4th term.
|Personal Development||Service Skills||Education||Advanced Education
(only for EDU 8+)
|1||+1 STR||Large Ship||Large Ship||Medical|
|2||+1 DEX||Gunnery||Gunnery||Ship Tactics|
|6||Blade Cbt||Gun Cbt||Jack-of-all-Trades||Instruction|
|Rank and Service Skills|
|Upon attaining the rank of||Acquire this skill|
|Admiral||+1 SOC or Fleet Tactics|
|Ranks and Benefits|
|1||Sailor||Low Psg||2 Months’ Wages|
|2||Able Seaman||+1 STR||4 Months’ Wages|
|3||Midshipman||+2 DEX||6 Months’ Wages|
|4||Lieutenant||Blade||1 Year’s Wages|
|5||Captain||Gun||3 Years’ Wages|
|6||Admiral||High Passage||5 Years’ Wages|
|7||+2 SOC||10 Years’ Wages|
Skills (where different from Classic Traveller)
Blade Combat: Character must immediately select Dagger, Blade, Sword or Cutlass.
Communications: The individual is skilled in using flags and semaphore to communicate with other vessels.
Gun Combat: Character must immediately select Musket or Pistol. Both are muzzle loading.
Gunnery: The individual is skilled in the operation of muzzle loading cannon in various weights.
Large Ship: The individual is skilled in sailing large ‘Age of Sail’ vessels.
Recon: The individual is regarded as having sharp eyesight to keep lookout watches aboard a sailing ship.
Ship’s Boat: The individual is skilled in manning an oar in a long boat.
Other skills are similar to those listed in Book 1 or subsequent books, but are limited to TL3 or less.