The Fishing Ship is a basic resource gatherer in Age of Empires II. The fishing ship can be built at the Dock. Unlike its counterpart in Age of Empires, this ship cannot be upgraded. The Fishing Ship can build Fish Traps which is similar to a farm but yields more food per unit.
- Careening - increases armour by 1
- Dry Dock - increases speed by 15%
- Shipwright - decreases train cost by 20%
The technology of shipbuilding, sailing, and navigation improved substantially during the Middle Ages. One result of these advances was a greater range and efficiency for Fishing Ships. The rich waters off the coasts of Europe, North Africa, and Asia provided a bounty of seafood that could be preserved by drying and salting. Preserved fish, especially cod, became an important trade good in the late Middle Ages.
If a building's foundation is placed by the shore, a fishing ship can finish constructing it without villagers.