VESSEL LENGTH: 37.00 m | MODEL LENGTH: 0,90 m | SCALE: 1/41 |MATERIAL OF CONSTRUCTION: Pine Wood
Fast, manoeuvrable, and with a bronze-sheathed ram on the prow, the trireme was the devastating warship which permitted Athens to build her maritime empire and dominate the Aegean in the 5th century BCE.
The trireme was so-called because of the arrangement of rowers in three lines down the length of each side of the ship.
The ships were built using softwoods such as pine, fir, and cypress for interiors and oak only for the outer hulls. Oars were made from a single young fir tree and measured some 4.5 metres in length. As a consequence of using lighter woods, the ship was highly manoeuvrable.