Age AvailableCastle Age
Cost 250 Food,
150 Gold
StatsShip armor +1, Transport Ship capacity +5

Careening is a Technology, in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Dock. Once researched, this Technology will increase ship armor by +1, as well as increase Transport Ship capacity by +5. Dry Dock is an upgrade on this Technology.

Researching this technology allows a Transport Ship to carry more units, therefore making it more effective.

History Edit

Barnacles and seaweed attached themselves to the underside of wooden hulled ships over time. These “passengers” slowed the ship down as they spread across the hull, making the ships ever more inefficient. Ships of the age were careened periodically to scrap off these obstructions and reseal the bottom. Careening required unloading the ship, dragging it up onto a sandy beach sideways, and pulling it over to expose the bottom. Crewmen worked in shallow water scraping and resealing seams with new pitch. Careening was usually done in conjunction with tides to help float the ship off, and a ship needed to be careened twice to be cleaned on both sides.

Ship Technologies
Careening | Dry Dock | Shipwright

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