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#1 Conrad

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 10:48 AM

In Merrie England the number of crew for a Hulk is missing, and isn't in the errata, can someone please furnish me with that information.
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Posted 05 February 2014 - 06:26 PM

http://renaissanceki...a.com/wiki/Ship says that a Hulk has 4 crew, but that seems too low. They also give a Cog 4-6 crew, so their figures are suspect.

I'd use the same as a small Cog, sp 15 officers and sailors. After all, they were used for transporting between England and Flanders/Low Country, so they were sea-going and should have am appropriate crew.
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#3 seneschal

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 07:20 PM

And the (missing) crew complement for a Space Hulk is? (Don't worry. There are other occupants.) =O

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:05 PM

And the (missing) crew complement for a Space Hulk is? (Don't worry. There are other occupants.) =O


Well, that would explain the missing crew.
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Posted 06 February 2014 - 09:33 AM

[URL]I'd use the same as a small Cog, sp 15 officers and sailors. After all, they were used for transporting between England and Flanders/Low Country, so they were sea-going and should have am appropriate crew.


Thanks Simon. ;t)
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Posted 06 February 2014 - 08:19 PM

Sorry for not giving you a serious answer earlier, Conrad. Here's a Wkipedia article:

http://en.wikipedia....eval_ship_type)

http://users.trytel....m/popdef14.html

http://www.academia....Northern_Europe

http://www.british-t.../ships/hulk.asp

http://www.thefinert...iddle-ages.html

A hulk was apparently a medieval Dutch river or canal barge with limited coastal capability. No crew estimates in the articles I located, but I can't imagine you'd need 15 guys to haul freight up and down the river. The heavy lifting could be performed by folks at either end of your trade route. By the time they got sophisticated enough to really handle the ocean they were replaced by caravels.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 12:31 PM

Sorry for not giving you a serious answer earlier, Conrad.

Thats OK senschal, references to old Games Workshop Warhammer 40K games bring me out in hives! =O
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Thanks for the links. ;t)
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Posted 07 February 2014 - 02:11 PM

A hulk was apparently a medieval Dutch river or canal barge with limited coastal capability. No crew estimates in the articles I located, but I can't imagine you'd need 15 guys to haul freight up and down the river. The heavy lifting could be performed by folks at either end of your trade route. By the time they got sophisticated enough to really handle the ocean they were replaced by caravels.


It evolved a bit, so originally was pulled by a horse along a river. Then it was used for coastal trade, then for carrying bulk products between Flanders/Low Country and England. As such, it was a sea-going vessel and needed a larger crew. you are going to need captain. helmsman and mate regardless, then you need riggers (one for each mast, maybe even 2 per mast), a cook, maybe a cabin boy and before you know it you are up to 15 people.

The early ones, which were pulled along a river, could get away with 1-2 crew, as they are essentially a barge.
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