The Galley is a light military vessel exclusive to the Ottomans. The warship fulfills the role of the Caravel for the civilization. Like the Caravel, the Ottoman Galley is a light scout craft that can be used for scouting, fishing, and supporting heavier ships. Like most military vessels, the Galley can also be used to transport units, up to 50 from one location to another. It is more fragile than the Caravel, but possesses faster movement and a stronger attack.
One of the Galley's biggest advantages is its speed. This makes them effective for scouting undiscovered territory and transporting military units through the sea. Because of its low amount of hit points, Galleys in general should not be individually sent to naval combat towards enemy ships, especially Frigates which can rip it apart in a matter of seconds. Thus, it is strongly advised to research technological improvements from the Dock as soon as possible.
"Galleys were ships powered by both oar and sail. They were mostly used in the Mediterranean, and developed into other varieties that emphasized sail over oars, like the galliot and galleass. The men at the oars were often slaves or convicts, chained to their posts while a ship sat at anchor. Most galleys had cannon that fired only forward, though some designs allowed for both rowers and cannons, giving the galley a broadside attack.