Canoes can attack, fish (though they are less efficient than Fishing Boats), and transport units, making them very practical, but not necessarily as powerful as other naval ships. They have the same damage output and hit points as a Marathan Catamaran.
Because of its relatively low cost, Canoes are excellent in scouting and providing reconnaissance on nearby enemy territory. However, they are not designed to withstand many enemy attacks and engage in front lines so they should not be sent directly to a fortified enemy base, however if necessary, they would be better off fighting larger ships such as Galleons and Caravels in large numbers, their low cost rendering it an easy task.
Water Ceremony and War Ceremony both boost ranged warships. The former requires a card, the latter does not. Ranged attack can be boosted as high as 36, siege damage 91 and HP 588 with the former ceremony and all upgrades. 32 ranged attack, 58 siege and 275 hp with only the latter ceremony and upgrades; depending on whether the player wishes to send a card or not.
The Canoe trained in European, Haudenosaunee and Asian Docks uses the same dialogue lines as the Iroquois Tomahawk, while the Canoe trained on Aztec and Lakota Docks uses the same dialogue lines as the respective civilizations (Aztec and Lakota dialogue lines).
The word canoe comes from Arawak, a language spoken by the natives of the Caribbean. It refers to boats generically, but has come to mean a specific kind of vessel. The birch-bark canoe, common to the Native Americans in northeastern North America, is what most people would identify as a canoe. Small birch-bark canoes could accommodate as few as one or two people; the largest canoes could hold more than three dozen. Canoes allowed Native Americans, and later Europeans, to navigate the many rivers and creeks of North America. The craft were light enough to be carried and durable enough to last years if properly maintained.
Canoe builders peeled the outer bark off of a birch tree, making a long cut down the length of the trunk to reveal the inner bark, then peeled that from the tree in layers. The inner bark of a tree left standing would grow a new coating of outer bark, allowing the tree survive the canoe-making process. White cedar, because of its resistance to decay, was used for the canoe frame. Cuts, called gores, allowed the birch bark sheathing to be sewn together and fitted to the frame. Ribs shaped from boiled cedar gave the canoe strength and tension. Pitch made from pine tar or gum sealed the seams, and the birch-bark canoe was ready to paddle.
An in-game Canoe
An in-game Canoe, side view
Lakota Canoes heading towards a Dutch colony
Canoe in Age of Empires III vanilla. It is possible to notice that the fighter used a rifle.