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TRIREME

Postby aukepalmhof » Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:59 pm

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The TRIREME was a fast light oared ship-of-the-line used by the Mediterranean countries.
Around the 6th or 7th century BC the design of galleys changed. Shipbuilders most probably from Phoenicia added a second deck above the first, creating the BIERE or BIREME, then a third deck was added, and this became known as a TRIREME.
The first time the TRIREME was named is by Herodotus, he mentions that Polycrates, tyrant of Samos from 535 BC till 515 BC, had TRIREMES in his fleet in 539 BC.
This type had her height in the Mediterranean navies during the 4th-5th centuries BC; continued into the medieval period.
She was rowed from 3 levels by as many as 150 oarsmen.
Two-pronged ram projected forward at the waterline for use in naval operations; the Romans also employed catapults. Probably flat-bottomed, straight-sided both longitudinally and vertically. Sternpost curved up and recurved in high arc.
Cables running fore-and-aft provided strengthening.
Maneuvered by twin quarter rudders, manned single banked. Crew slept and ate ashore.
An auxiliary sail set when conditions permitted.
Athenian vessels 37 meter long 5 meter wide with a crew of around 200.

Marshal Islands 2006 37c sg?, scott?
Greece 2011 0.75 Euro sg?, scott?
San Marino 1963 3li sg692, scott?
Sierra Leone 1996 300le sg 2623, scott 1923a.


Source: copied mostly from Aak to Zumbra, a Dictionary of the World’s Watercraft. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galley
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Re: TRIREME

Postby Arturo » Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:20 pm

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Trireme

Greece 1978, S.G.?, Scott: 1279.

Greneda Grenadines 1996, S.G.?, Scott: 1861a.
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Re: TRIREME

Postby Arturo » Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:13 pm

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Poland 1963, S.G.?, Scott: 1126.
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