Tonnage: 20-200 tons
Length: 40-120 feet
Draft: Negligible
Crew: 10-200

The standard barge was the workhorse ship of trade. They transported grain, silk, and other bulky goods up and down stream. Propelled by square sails and broad sweeps. [1] Barges were very large, slow-moving, and typically heavily laden. They were the supply ships of entire fleets, and the largest were staffed by a crew of one hundred. [2] Typically, a merchant would live aboard his vessel, docking it to sell his goods. They were used primarily in rivers and lakes. [3]


  1. Way of the Minor Clans, p. 20
  2. Masters of War Web Supplement, p. 12
  3. Book of Water, p. 115

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