Mark S. Cookman
20 Rumored Shipwrecks for Treasure Hunters
Today's post will conclude our recent nautical series. Here you will find adventure fodder galore or perhaps nothing but nasty bilge water. That's left for the GM to decide. What is certain is that below you'll find 20 different ships with 20 different captains and crews that all suffered the same sad fate. You'll also find rumors of fantastic cargoes lost to depths the sea. Cargoes so fantastic that they'd lure brave treasure hunters to sail deep into unexplored and/or dangerous waters to find them. Please note, there are numerous links in this list that point to pictures of ships so that you might know what they look like in case you are not familiar with all of the names. These pictures are NOT meant to be the ship described in the table and I do NOT own the images. If you know of any brave adventurers who are looking for treasure and don't mind getting wet, then you may like 20 Rumored Shipwrecks for Treasure Hunters. As always, I hope that you enjoy this table and happy gaming.
The Albatross was a 3 masted Barquentine. She was a merchant ship captained by Anna Drydan and had a human crew. Rumor has it she was lost in hurricane sailing near Tikitaki Bay. She was carrying 412,000 gp worth of cargo, including 6 large chests of nearly perfect rubies. She has been missing for 6 months.
The Black Claw was a 2 masted Brig. She was a pirate ship captained by a weregator named Maximilian Tark and had a mixed crew of many races. Rumor has it she was destroyed by a black dragon in the Brass Straits AFTER plundering its lair. She was reportedly carrying over 900,000 gp of various treasures, including numerous magical items. She has been missing only 3 months.
The Gull's Cry was a 2 masted Caravel. She was a coastal trader captained by Napoleon Vitalas and had a human crew. Rumor has it she was sunk by a sea monster near the Hunter's Coast. She was carrying 45,000 gp in raw gold ore and alchemical supplies worth 200,000 gp. She has been missing for almost a year now.
The Horizon was a 3 masted Carrack. She was a long-haul merchant captained by Joelle Bittancourt and had a human crew. Rumor has it she was attacked by pirates in the Harpers Archipelago, but escaped from them without being boarded. She was carrying 50,000 gp worth of Astral Diamonds and a beautifully crafted pair of platinum crowns set with huge rubies, both meant as wedding gifts for the Prince and Princess of Asca . She has been missing for nine months.
The Stormrider was a 3 masted Crumster. She was a patrol ship captained by Nordak Grimbelt and had a dwarven crew. Rumor has it she was greatly damaged in a battle with an orc raiding ship near Blackwater Bay and may have sunk somewhere nearby. She was carrying 18,000 gp seized from enemy ships, as well as dwarven-made arms and armor. She has been missing for almost 6 months.
The Reef Runner was a 2 masted Snow. She was a pirate ship captained by Shel Badbog and had a orcish crew. Rumor has it a storm drove the ship into Coral Bay and she sank after tearing out her bottom on a reef. She's been raiding the Yangon Coast for the past 6 months, so she must have been full of treasure. She has only been missing for 2 months.
The Happy Gale was a 3 masted Galiot. She was smuggler captained by Hue Reeves and had a human crew. Rumor has it she sank in 45 feet of water in Whitecap Bay after a mysterious fire. She is said to have been carrying a cargo of various illegal goods worth more than 65,000 gp. She has been missing for almost a year.
The Mermaid's Song was a 4 masted Galleon. She was far trader captained by Talila Verantrys and had a elven crew. Rumor has it that some of her crew went mad while crossing the Bay of Panthers and most chose to abandon the ship. The crew that was left was NOT enough to sail the huge ship, so she must just be drifting with the current. She was carrying more than a million gp in various goods, including several magic items. She has been missing for 9 months.
The Sea Gryphon was a 2 masted Galley. She was a coastal trader captained by Abedar Wyndove and had a mixed crew. Rumor has it she was lost in a storm on the Albaron Sea. She was carrying 69,500 gp worth of various trade goods, including 10,000 gp worth of whale oil. She has been missing for just over a year.
The Royal Typhoon was a 1 masted Hoy. She was a private charter captained by Jessyra Faerun and had a half-elven crew. There is no rumor as to how she was lost. She was carrying Braedon Maze, the surviving heir to House Fullwater. There is a 50,000 gp reward for his safe return. The ship has been missing 3 months.
The Crimson Candle was a 3 masted Fluyt. She was guild trade ship captained by Oliver Gideon and had a mixed crew. Rumor has it she sank during a storm off the Tyrrhenian Coast. She was carrying numerous trade goods worth more than 500,000 gp, including numerous small magical items. She has been missing for 6 months time.
Elsa's Way was a 3 masted Corvette. She was a privateer captained by Lord Darfin Jynballard and had a elven crew. Rumor has it she was lost somewhere in the Azov Islands during a storm. She was carrying almost 270,000 gp worth of various treasures, including magic items. She has been missing for almost nine months.
The Saint Camberlyn was a 2 masted Bilander. She was a missionary ship captained by Rowenna Balt and had a human crew. Rumor has it she was attacked by pirates and sunk near the Strait of St. Anne. She was carrying little of value, but the clerics at the Chapterhouse of Quellon are offering a 10,000 gp reward for the log book of the ship. She has been missing over a year.
The Silver Moon was a 2 masted Yawl. She was wine smuggler captained by Theodmir Daelyn and had a elven crew. Rumor has it she went down in a storm. She was carrying nearly 150,000 gp in cargo, including some rare Dragon Wines. She has been missing almost for almost three months.
Lathander's Blessing was a 2 masted Ketch. She was coastal fisherman captained by Aukanek Marr and had a human crew. Rumor has it she sunk by some sort of sea monster just off the coast of Fecamp. She was carrying nothing of real value, but the clerics of Lathander are offering a 5,000 gp reward for the return of the logbook. She has been missing for a year.
The Fist of Talos was a 2 masted Saique. She was a patrol ship captained by Anwar Ahmad and had a human crew. Rumor has it she was struck by lightning, caught fire, and sank in Whitefish Bay. The clerics of Talos are offering a 5,000 gp reward for the return of the ship's logbook. She has been missing for 9 months.
The Jade Eel was a 5 masted Junk. She was an imperial trade ship captained by Yan Fu and had a half-elven crew. Rumor has it she capsized when she was hit by a rogue wave during a storm in the Black Straits. She was carrying over a million gp in rich trade goods, including gems. jewelry, and a magical artifact from the ancient Yingpei Dynasty. She has been missing for 6 months.
The Red Tide was a 3 masted Lorcha. She was a coastal raider captained by Varbuck Gruul and had a orcish crew. There are no rumors as to what has happened to the ship. She was known to be carrying nearly 50,000 gp in treasure acquired by raiding settlements up and down the Sword Coast, when she disappeared. She has been missing almost 9 months.
The Black Rock was a 3 masted Merchantman. She was a far trader captained by Norman Voolk and had a human crew. Rumor has it she disappeared while taking colonists and supplies to Tangier Bay. She was carrying 48 men, women, and children, as well as basic supplies. The shipping company is offering a 5,000 gp reward for the return of the ship's logbook. She has been missing for 9 months.
The Tigress was a 3 masted Balener. She was captained by Nathaniel Ballinger and had a mixed crew. Rumor has it she was destroyed by a sea monster in Deepwater Cove. She was carrying nearly 500 barrels of Whale Oil when she went down worth nearly 250,000 gp. She has been missing for more than a year.
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