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The Iron Fleet is the largest grouping of longships from the Iron Islands. They number one hundred, and unlike other ironborn ships they belong to the Seastone Chair. Each ship is captained and crewed by people of various islands. Its commander, the Lord Captain of the Iron Fleet, is Victarion Greyjoy.
A Clash of Kings
When Lord Balon Greyjoy declares himself King of the Iron Islands and attacks the North, he sends Lord Captain Victarion Greyjoy with the Iron Fleet to sail up the Saltspear and the Fever River. From there the ironborn can march on Moat Cailin.
A Feast for Crows
After hearing that King Balon has died and that Aeron Greyjoy has called a kingsmoot, Victarion returns from Moat Cailin to the Iron Fleet, which has been in the reeds and willows of the Fever River. The bulk of the Iron Fleet sails to Nagga's Cradle in a column reaching back many leagues.
The fleet assists the other ships of the Iron Islands in the Battle of the Shield Islands. Seven ships are lost in the ensuing naval war. The new king, Euron Greyjoy, commands Victarion to take the Iron Fleet to Slaver's Bay and return with Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons.
A Dance with Dragons
The small number of ironborn ships left behind in the Fever River are torched by the Ryswells and Dustins. Theon Greyjoy convinces the surviving ironborn raiders at Moat Cailin to surrender to Ramsay Bolton, but Ramsay has them executed afterward.
Meanwhile, the bulk of the Iron Fleet sets sail for Essos from the Shield Islands. During the voyage they capture a merchant ship, the Noble Lady, taking its cargo and adding the ship to the fleet. In the Redwyne Straits and along the Dornish coast they capture five other ships—three cogs, a galleas and a galley—making the Iron Fleet number ninety-nine. After taking on supplies at the Stepstones, Victarion splits the fleet into three squadrons and sails for Slaver's Bay, with the squadrons to reunite at the Isle of Cedars. At Volantis Victarion learns that the Volantene fleet will soon sail against Daenerys. The Lord Captain orders his squadron to set sail immediately after they purchase food and water.
By the time the three squadrons meet at the tip of the Isle of Cedars, however, only forty-five ships have arrived. These include twenty-two of Victarion's squadron, fourteen of Ralf the Limper's bigger and slower squadron, which had sailed by Lys, and only nine from Red Ralf Stonehouse's swift squadron, which had sailed to the Basilisk Isles. Several straggle back, but some are lost to storms. The Iron Fleet captures nine additional ships, but these are merchant vessels and fishing boats not built for war. The damaged Shark is left at the Isle of Cedars to alert stragglers that the rest of the fleet has continued toward Meereen. The fleet numbers fifty-three to this point minus the Shark.
The fleet continues its voyage, capturing more cogs and galleys along the way. With Moqorro, a priest of R'hllor, now aiding the fleet, the ships make faster progress and should reach Meereen before the fleet of Volantis. The Iron Fleet currently number sixty-one.
Ships of the Fleet
Mentioned in The Iron Captain
Mentioned in The Reaver
- Iron Victory
- Lord Dagon
- Iron Wind
- Maiden's Bane
- Lord Quellon
Mentioned in The Iron Suitor
Mentioned in Victarion I
Mentioned in the Appendix of A Dance with Dragons
Ships captained by ironborn that may or may not be considered part of the Iron Fleet:
Known Captured Ships Added to the Fleet
- Noble Lady, a great cog
- Ghiscari Dawn renamed Red God's Wroth
- Dove renamed Shrike
- A Ghis galley renamed Shade
- A Ghis galley renamed Ghost
- Willing Maiden renamed Slaver's Scream
|“||Victarion Greyjoy turned back toward the prow, his gaze sweeping across his fleet. Longships filled the sea.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 56, The Iron Suitor (Victarion 0).
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 24, Theon.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 15, Davos.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 20, Reek.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 56, The Iron Suitor (Victarion 0), p. 741.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 63, Victarion I.