Thanks so kindly for the compliments~
Z, that is actually not the ship you sent me -- however, I intend to replace this one with the one you sent. Yours is much, much better suited, as the sails were rolled up, which makes better sense for this scene. The problem I had was that it contained too many polygons, but I'm in the process of knocking out some excess detail, so that it's easier to use.
And yes -- knocking down the lighting really helps a lot with many shots, I've found.
Again, thank you!