Introduced in KingsIcon The Age of Kings
Civilization All civilizations
Age Castle-age-reseach Castle Age
Researched at Dock-logo Dock
Required for Drydock Dry Dock
Research time 50 seconds
Research cost
Food 250
Gold 150
Effect Ship armor +1, Transport Ship capacity +5

Careening is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Dock once the Castle Age is reached. Once researched, it increases the pierce armor of all ships by +1, as well as the capacity of Transport Ships by +5 (for a total of 10). Dry Dock is an upgrade of this technology.

Civilization bonuses Edit

  • Chinese: Researching Careening is 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Italians: Researching Careening is 50% cheaper.
  • Persians: Researching Careening is 15%/20% faster in the Castle Age/Imperial Age.

History Edit

Barnacles and seaweed attached themselves to the underside of wooden hulled ships over time. These “passengers” slowed the ship down as they spread across the hull, making the ships ever more inefficient. Ships of the age were careened periodically to scrap off these obstructions and reseal the bottom. Careening required unloading the ship, dragging it up onto a sandy beach sideways, and pulling it over to expose the bottom. Crewmen worked in shallow water scraping and resealing seams with new pitch. Careening was usually done in conjunction with tides to help float the ship off, and a ship needed to be careened twice to be cleaned on both sides.

Naval technologies
Careening | Gillnets | Dry Dock | Shipwright