The cartographer's desk is one of the few pieces of equipment which may be purchased for ships. The desk is designed to hold a number of nautical maps which are used by the captain and crew of the vessel to estimate distance and direction to the seamark for which they are scribed. The desk is built from a dark cherry and a layer of cork covers the top surface, while drawers are fashioned within the desk to hold charting equipment. Also, there is a compartment for storing the other maps that are not in use.
The standard Cartographer's desk costs 25,000 gold sovereigns, but one may double their ship's capacity for maps by purchasing a large desk for an additional 50,000 sovereigns.