Ships

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The player's ship is the central gameplay element for going to sea and explore The Neath, the subterranean world of Fallen London. It works like a steamship, with a rudder for steering and an engine telegraph to control speed. Fuel and supplies are finite resources, and running out of either may leave you in terrible peril.

Attributes[edit | edit source]

Every ship has at least four (up to six) slots to outfit with a number of Ship equipment:

  • Deck
  • Engine
  • Bridge
  • Auxiliary

These slots above are available for every ship. The Deck and the Engine slots are provided by default with basic equipment (weapon and engine).

The following ones are reserved for particular ships, in different combinations:

  • Forward
  • Aft

Every ship is additional determinated by a couple of particular attributes, the Ship statistics. In details they are:

Additionally, a ship may have bonuses (sometimes penalties) in particular Captain statistics.

A ship can be named while buying it, or renamed later by clicking on its name on the bottom-left corner of the Hold tab in the Gazetteer.

Controlling the ship[edit | edit source]

The Arrow keys are used to pilot the ship. While the Left arrow and Right arrow steer the ship left and right, the Up arrow and Down arrow move forward and backward accordingly. By pressing Up arrow or Down arrow twice, the ship gets additional speed in forward or reverse respectively. This speed is denoted in top left corner in the "Engine Order Telegraph" EOT display that also shows current hull strength.

Alternatively the W, A, D and S keys can also be used. The W, A, D and S keys mirror the functions of the arrow keys. They can be used exclusively, simultaneously as well as in conjunction with the arrow keys automatically and without adjusting settings and using default key bindings.

Additionally, controls can be reviewed and modified as needed by opening Main menu then selecting Options then selecting Edit Keybindings.

Purchasable Ships[edit | edit source]

There are currently seven types of purchasable ships available for the player to control. You start off with the Ligeia-class steamer at the Wolfstack Docks, but can exchange it for another ship at any Shipyard.

When you Trade your current ship into a new one you are really selling it to buy another. This means you cannot keep past ships in London (even though their name remains in the Shipyard screen), and to exchange into your previous ship you will have to spend more money again.

This is specially important to know when you're pursuing story-related ships, as they'll replace your current one without receiving any sort of refunds. If you have a big ship, it's advised to sell it for a smaller one before getting the Cladery Heart or the Steam-Yacht.

Appearance Name Stats Slots Price
SS Steam Launch.png
Stymphalos-class Steam Launch

"Possibly there's a reason you might want to set to zee in a boat the size of a dining-room table. Possibly."

  • Deck
  • Auxiliary
  • Bridge
  • Engines
SS Steamer.png
Ligeia-class Steamer

"This tramp steamer has served well, but for a long, long, long time."

  • Deck
  • Auxiliary
  • Bridge
  • Engines
SS Cutter.png
Lampad-class Cutter

"Cramped and fragile, but remarkably nippy."

  • Deck
  • Forward
  • Auxiliary
  • Bridge
  • Engines
SS Corvette.png
Phorcyd-class Corvette

"Small, swift and formidable, like a very angry vole."

  • Deck
  • Forward
  • Auxiliary
  • Bridge
  • Engines
SS Merchantman.png
Caligo-class Merchant Cruiser

"A ponderous, capacious vessel."

  • Deck
  • Auxiliary
  • Bridge
  • Aft
  • Engines
SS Frigate.png
Maenad-class Frigate

"The backbone of the Royal Navy, back when the Navy had a backbone."

  • Deck
  • Forward
  • Auxiliary
  • Bridge
  • Aft
  • Engines
SS Dreadnaught.png
Eschatologue-class dreadnaught

"Zee-beasts can overwhelm any ship ever built. The Eschatologue was designed to be the exception."

  • Deck
  • Forward
  • Auxiliary
  • Bridge
  • Aft
  • Engines

Story Ships[edit | edit source]

There are two types of ship available for the player to obtain through the stories of Sunless Sea.

Keep in mind that, once you accept the ship in the Story Events, they'll replace your current one without receiving any sort of refunds, or being able to get back the old ship (unless you pay again the full amount). If you have a big ship, it's advised to sell it for a smaller one before getting the story ones.

Appearance Name Stats Slots Price
SS Steam-Yacht.png
Leucothea-class Steam-Yacht

"A vessel for diplomats, merchants and wealthy spies."

  • Deck
  • Auxiliary
  • Bridge
  • Engines
SS Cladery Heart.png
Cladery Heart

"It thrums. It wanders. It has a delightful stink."

  • Deck
  • Auxiliary
  • Bridge
  • Aft
  • Engines