The speed meter on a ship shows how fast the ship is going. Performing the sailing or rigging puzzle increases the speed, but a large amount of bilge water limits how fast a ship can go. Performing navigation will add a bonus to speed provided by the sailing and rigging puzzles.
The meter displays a relative percentage of full speed for each ship. Larger ships have a lower maximum speed than the smaller ones; for the most part there is a correlation between the maximum speed and the ship size class. All ships have equal minimum speeds of about 0.2 leagues per minute, or 1 league per 5 minutes.
The following table details ship maximum and minimum speeds. The percentage shown is the speed of that ship relative to that of a sloop:
|Ship Name||Min speed
|Merchant brig||5||1:15 (80%)||Medium|
|War brig||5||1:15 (80%)||Medium|
|Merchant galleon||5||1:40 (60%)||Large|
|War frigate||5||1:40 (60%)||Large|
|Grand frigate||5||1:40 (60%)||Grand|