Oar-powered Vessels

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Plan of an Ancient Trireme

Ancient Trireme

The name trireme is derived from Latin: “tres remi,” quite literally, “three-oar” for the triple banks of oars it used for propulsion. The ships usually carried sails as well.

 

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Viking longship excavated at Gokstad Norway

Gokstad Viking Longship

Viking longships were used by Scandinavian mariners for everything from commerce to exploration to warfare. With roots in the stone age, longship design reached its zenith between the 9th and 13th centuries. This one dates to 850 CE and was excavated in 1880 in Gokstad, Norway.

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Ancient Galley

Ancient Galley

“A galley of 36 benches of oars with five rowers per bench” from the archives of the French Ministry of Defense.

 

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Sultan’s Caique

 

Sultan’s Caique

Ottoman sultans traveled in magnificent imperial caiques, or Sultan’s Boats.

 

 

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Maltese Galley from Chapman’s Architectura Navalis

Maltese Galley

From Fredrik Henrik af Chapman, the author of “Architectura Navalis Mercatoria,” a plan of an oar-powered galley from Malta.

 

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Black Sea galley from François-Edmond Pâris’s Souvenirs de Marine Conservés

Black Sea Galley

Oar-powered galley of 22 banks of oarsmen from the Black Sea, documented in François-Edmond Pâris’s “Souvenirs de Marine Conservés.”

 

 

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Venetian Trireme from French Vice-Admiral François-Edmond Pâris Souvenirs de Marine Conservés

Venetian Trireme

from French Vice-Admiral François-Edmond Pâris’s Souvenirs de Marine Conservés

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Athenian Trireme from François-Edmond Pâris Souvenirs de Marine Conservés

Athenian Trireme

from French Vice-Admiral François-Edmond Pâris’s Souvenirs de Marine Conservés

 

 

 

 

 

Free ship plan of galley from Chapman Architectura Navalis Mercatoria
Galley of 16 pairs of oars from Chapman’s Architectura Navalis Mercatoria

Galley of 16 Pairs of Oars

From Fredrik Henrik af Chapman’s Architectura Navalis Mercatoria

 

 

 

 

 

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