This four-mast barque rig is kept ship-shape at all times, the deck
uncluttered, steel cables supporting the more traditional rope lines
of the windjammer. Netting skirts the high rails, often filled with
the necessities of naval life. The Varuna is a little shallower of
keel and not as wide of deck as many ships of her class, allowing a
safer passage along fresh water canals and the unpredictable shallows
of rivers. Yardarms, and harpoons are kept in elegant brass baskets at
regular intervals along her length, to compliment the ballista mounted
fore and aft. She otherwise relies on her speed and manoeverability,
as well as an unusual double-rudder to defend herself and her crew,
making space for the cargo that her shallower keel lacks.

Most ships of the line take efficiency, form and functionality over
aesthetic. Not so the ships of tanus. Each wooden fitting that is
spared some of the wind and saltspray is carved mahogany wood with a
rich red overtone, the deck painted a henna red hue, bordered in black
and tar at the railing. Upon the bellow deck access, portholes and
base of the main mast, beautiful paintings of flowers, vines, birds
and fishes, swim and fly upon the wood in laquered elegance. Lanterns,
artfully wrought of gold, hang from strategic spots to illuminate and
are lit upon a very strict and reverent schedule. Everywhere there is
the refined elegance of the Maharajah in style and love of colour.

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