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I know battle ships can be used for:

  • piracy
  • troop transport
  • fight other ships

The merchant ship however seems ill fitted for all those purposes. When and how should I use it?

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You should send them to trade posts, which will increase your trade income.

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They can also transport troops – Jader Dias Sep 8 '11 at 19:42

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