Trireme

A warship, a galley with three banks of oars, armed with a ram. In the Classical Period, the main battle ship, in the Decadent Period, serving as a cruiser and as an escort to quinquiremes. A trireme is armed with a ram and sometimes a ballista or two. It has three superimposed banks of oars, and a total of one hundred and seventy rowers. It is equipped with a removable mast and a lateen sail. Although some later models are decked over, most have deck only at the bow and stern, and a catwalk down the centre-line, between the rowers. The rowlocks are on outriggers outside the hull.


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