Tales from the First Imperial Navy

From Quora,

In the Second Punic War, Rome needed a fleet to take the war to Carthage. They were completely without expertise and had no more money in the treasury.

They built their new ships based on a enemy ship that had run aground. The dismantled it and copied it piece by piece.

For funding, they gave the 300 richest Romans the honor of contributing a ship, complete with manpower.

The fleet launched and was immediately hit by a storm, destroying all the ships and killing 30,000 men. Bodies were washing ashore for weeks.

The Roman response? The richest 300 men were honored to build and man 300 more ships.

The Romans won the war.

Note that modern Imperial Nobles are more than happy to support the Imperium with a donation… so long as they get to keep the ships after they build them.

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3 Responses to Tales from the First Imperial Navy

  1. Tim Newman says:

    That’s actually the First rather than Second Punic War. The Second is the one people remember for Hannibal and his elephants crossing the Alps.
    I suppose in a Traveller context you could come up with something similar in the Long Night. Two Pocket Empires clash over some resource-rich worlds that lie between them. One has an existing navy, high quality but small and hard to replace. The other only has a few patrol ships, but enough of a merchant fleet to conscript that, arm it, and send it into battle against the superior but less numerous ships of the enemy. Base it on ‘Book 2’ style ships and there won’t be 50k dton cruisers running around, and they’re hardly appropriate for that era anyway. PCs of course could be ship crews on either side.


  2. Andrew K says:

    Crassus said a man is not rich unless he can pay to raise and maintain his own legions.


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