The Greek bireme was an oared warship with two rows of oars on each side. It was a revolutionary invention by (possibly the Biotian Greeks since the Trojan War or more probable their settlers, the Erythraeans in Asia Minor in the 8th century B.C.) which doubled the motion force of the ship without increasing its length. This was an important advantage in pirate persecutions and in the ramming of opponents. She was fitted out with a bow ram
Steering was achieved with the two big oars. Place on both sides near the stern. Complementarily, it had a large square sail with many pulleys for its unencumbered handling. During fighting the sail was furled. It usually had 100 oars ("ekatontoros"). Its dimensions reached length 32 and beam 4.80 metres respectively.
Sometimes it had a deck for the protection of the oarsmen and the facile transport of the warriors.

SOURCES: "The History of the Greek Nation, Ekdotiki Athens", "Dellopoulos, The Greek Trireme", "Deligiannis Pericles, Naval History", "Homer, Iliad", "Aelianos Taktikos, Tactic theory".
Vietnam 1986 1d sg988, scott 1686.

ADI BETI Government yacht

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ADI BETI Government yacht

Postby aukepalmhof » Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:39 pm

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Built by T.P. Nicholson at the public works yard at Suva as a government yacht for the Fiji Government.
16 November 1927 launched as the ADI BETI, she was christened by the Mrs. Seymour wife of the Colonial Secretary. She was named after the little princess (Elizabeth?) the daughter of their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of York “Adi” in Fijian means princess.
Dim. 60 x 13ft.
Cruising radius of 1,000 miles. Speed 10½ knots.

After completing used as Government yacht in the waters around Fiji.
Fate unknown. More info on this Government yacht is welcome.

Fiji 1999 81c sg1045, scott?

Source: Brisbane Courier of Tuesday 22 November 1927.
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