As reported by Alex Jovier, historian, according to the historical records and archives in the Nautical Museum in Marcogg concerning the Avennorian ships, the details and the history of the ships are as follows:
Picture description. A cabin on an Avennorian barek. Image drawn by Seeker.
There were three ships. The Fijor, the Barek, and the Triton. Of the three only the Fijor is still in use at present day. Though the Barek and the Triton are no longer true Avennorian ships ever since Avennoria became a satellite country of Erpheronia. Though the Erpheronians incorporated some Avennorian ship building techniques they are not true Avennorian ships. A few rare Bareks still sail the seas of Sarvonia. A true Avennorian ship had a statue of the Sea Goddess Baveras upon the prow of the ship with one exception. It has been recorded and found in some very old manuscripts (which have scholars, both human and dwarven disagreeing on to this day) about a special Avennorian Barek commissioned by a dwarf named of Brok Strongarm. This Barek had a statue of the dwarven God Trum-Baroll upon its prow. True Avennorian ships had a shallow keel and the main sail always had the coat of arms of the Avennorians stitched into it. Baveras and the sea have always been the most integral part of Avennorian life, especially their ships. For it is from the sea, that they receive most of their sustenance and resources for their ships and explorations.
Description. All Avennorian ships have the same design with only a few specialized exceptions. The keel was made of whalebone upon which were lashed wooden planks that over lapped one another. Over the wooden planks was a whale skin covering.
The Fijor had one exception: It was completely covered with whale skin except for two small holes upon which two men/women could enter the boat. Then they could, using whale sinew, tie up the loose ends of the whale skin around them and make the ship virtually watertight. It had no sail and was rowed by oars that were permanently attached to the sides of the ship where the sailors sat. It was typically about ten peds long, two peds in breadth and had a keel depth of about two thirds of a ped.
The Barek was a much larger ship than the Fijor. It was 29 peds in length and 6 peds in width and had a keel depth of 5 peds. It also had these exceptions; it was open decked upon which 25 rowers sat on either side of the ship and rowed when needed. It also had two sails, the main sail was square shaped and the aft sail was lateen or triangular shaped. Because of the shallow drafts of the ship it was and still is one of the fastest ships on the seas. Also because of the shallow draft the Avennorians could go up rivers that were too shallow for larger more deep drafted ships of other human tribes and could attack settlements that thought they were safe from attack by water. A typical attack by the Avennorians consisted of no less than five of the Bareks to an armada of 50 ships.
Picture description. The Avennorian Barek used by the Mitharim dwarf Brok Strongarm for his discovery of Denilou. Image drawn by Quellion.
The Triton was the largest of the
ships. It was used for whaling and exploration.
The Triton's size was
enormous. It was one hundred peds long and twenty peds in width. Its keel depth
was 30 peds. It had three masts, the main mast had a square sail and the other
two had lateen sails. On top of each main sails of the three masts flew smaller
lateen sails. The main mast had a crow's
nest built to it for an observer to watch for whales and land. It had more of a
square bow with a raised platform upon which
spear throwers could throw their whaling spears at the
whales. The shaft to whale sinew, which was attached to the bow of the ship,
connected each spear. Its sides had sharp hooks embedded into the hull of the
ship so that when a whale was killed it was hauled up and hung on these hooks
until the whale could be cut up and stored in the cargo hold. The entire whale
was used, not a single part of it was wasted. The Triton could carry up to ten
pygges in cargo and men.
When sails could not be used, it would take one hundred men to row the boat.
Its typical compliment
consisted of 300 men besides
Usage. The Fijor was a two man ship, used mainly to go only a few frescal from shore to search and dive for pearls and a single families food sources such as fish, seaweed, and other resources from the sea.
The Barek was the Avennorian war ship. Used mainly by soldiers it had an upraised platform called a forecastle upon which arrows and spears could be thrown.
The Triton was the largest of the Avennorian ships. It was used for whaling and exploration.
Of the three only the Fijor is still in use by Avennorians. The Barek and the Triton have all but disappeared since the take over of Avennoria by Erpheronia.
History. As far as the Marcoggian historian Alex Jovier can ascertain, the Avennorian Fijor was always used and no certain time period could be determined when it was first built. We can assume that they were in use since the founding of Ciosa around 11350 and used for the settlements of Klinsor and Chrondra between 10000-9800.
We can also safely assume since we know that the Avennorian ancient ancestors were Glandorians that their shipbuilding techniques, at least their intial ones, were based upon the Glandorian ships.
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