Thagarr wrote:Sorry if my post rushed things a bit Remco, but as I mentioned in my comment on your post, these tactics are very similar to what Vikings used.
It takes quite a bit of thought to come up with good new articles every day, so your post was an excellent way to start the week :-)
They would surround a vessel with 3 or 4 longboats, and it was simply a matter of time before one group would successfully board. Vikings wouldn't take the ship in most cases though, they would simply take anything of value they could find, and sink the carcass. It's that type of attack that led to the high fore and aft castles on later sailing vessels. That is the kind of boarding combat I was hoping for! It's a lot more difficult to defend a ship from attackers when they are attacking from multiple sides, even if the defending force is superior in number.
I think, that -similar to the vikings- Pier and his men also did not know what they would do with a fleet. They could sell it, but to who? They weren't sailors either, let alone had served on warships. I do agree that it was probably a couple of small ships entering a larger vessel at the same time. The victims would hardly be able to respond from an attack from all sides.
I am far from being an expert, but I have done a bit of research into medieval ships, and I believe the type of ships the Dutch would have had would have been similar to the Duyfken
, an early form of barque. Much more likely however, there would have been flyboats
. I have far less knowledge when it comes to fishing boats of that era though, but I imagine they might have been similar to ventjagers
, the small ship in the distance behind the Herring buss in the first picture. But I am sure you are a lot more familiar with vessels from the area than I am.
What we know is that the rivers and canals in Frisia were very shallow. So the ships that were used to transport goods were very flat, which allowed them to slide over sand and through very shallow waters (sometimes just 3 or 4 feet). The fishing boats were supposedly larger and had more Draft, but were still very basic and quick at open seas.
What we know about the ships from that age is all because of research. Any additional information you guys might dig up is very helpful, and might just work its way into the game :-)