Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sloop Deck Plan

For today's post I have a deck plan for a small two-masted vessel, akin to a sloop. This could serve well as a small merchant ship or the first prize pirates claim after going on the account.


The ship's wheel is located on this raised platform at the aft of the vessel; it is generally from here that the captain issues orders while sailing.

2. Main Deck
The main deck is a broad, open space, although usually it is filled at least in part with ropes, the ship's anchor, a lifeboat and that sort of thing. In between the two masts is the hatch providing access to the cargo hold below.

3. Private Cabin
For important passengers or, at least, those who can pay for it, this cabin boasts a bed and perhaps a table or a storage trunk. It can also be used for a first mate, if appropriate.

4. Private Cabin
This cabin is laid out in the same manner as the other one, above.

5. Captain's Cabin
By far the most elaborate quarters on the vessel is this small room. It has a table with four chairs for holding meetings, along with a bed, a wardrobe, a chest and a barrel of liquor.

6. Crew Quarters
Ten hammocks are arrayed in this area, in two tiers. The crew members sleep here, usually in shifts. In addition there can usually be found a number of sea chests, one per crewman, arranged beneath the hammocks.

7. Cargo Hold
This space could contain just about anything, provided it can fit in through the cargo hatch.

8. Crow's Nest (Not pictured)
A small platform high on the ship's foremast provides a place for the lookout to stand.


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  2. hey I just ran across your post looking up sloop pictures! the design and layout is way helpful ~~ thanks bunches!^^

  3. Hey, just wanted to say thanks for posting this grid map. I used it as a basis for a bilander ship battle map I developed for my 3.5 Eberron game. If you want the fully developed map, you can find it on the cartographer's guild website here:

  4. I'm writing a children's eSeries about a pirate princess, and your diagram is exactly what I was looking for - thank you!