String fullTitle = "Are sailing related topics allowed here?";
int postNumber = "1212161";
String image = "Bermuda_sloop_-_privateer.jpg";
String date = "07/11/18(Wed)05:33:22";
String comment = "So, I'm in the early planning stages for a story I'm going to write. Its going to be set in the near future after some cataclysmic event drastically reduced the population and long story short civilization has to begin anew. The setting I have decided on is the gulf coast of north america, probably in the areas from Louisianna to the Florida Keys, a few generations after the collapse (long enough that no one from before "The Fall" has been alive recently). I want to have a resurgence based upon people restablishing naval transportation/shipping in this area by sailboats. Now, I personally have some childhood experience with sailing and I've been able to read a bit more but there are some elements that allude me and I was hoping someone on here could help answer some questions.
What kind of ship would be best suited for this climate that would be adept at economically moving cargo? Approximate dimensions and crew sizes would be helpful in comparison. I figured a single masted sloop with Bermudian rigging seemed senseable, but was looking for confirmation or correction on that.
Is the bigger obstacle in sail shipping volume or mass of cargo? Prospective goods include sugarloaf, timber, corn/rice/onions (from down the Mississippi River), cattle/beef (which is more feasible?), and general produce (celery, oranges, coffee, tobacco, etc.). Would shipping of phosphate dust (rudimentary fertilizer) and ores (sulphur, coal, cinnabar, etc.) be possible?
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