posted on May, 31 2004 @ 09:59 PM
Oh and Gvret, I was under a wrong assumption, that slaves rowed the Triremes.
Completely wrong, in fact the rowers and crews of the Triremes were so valued that they had significant political power during the height of
Let's have a look at some interesting facts because of Triremes.
1) All ships today are regarded as feminine because the tradition that was started by Athens carried over to modern day.
2) The three harbours at Peiraieus were the best in Greece and possibly the Mediterranean; one was used entirely for triremes.
Overall length: 37 metres (121 feet)
Overall beam: 5.5 metres (18 feet)
170 oarsmen in 3 files on each side: top file 31, middle and bottom 27 each
Oarsmen spaced at 2 cubits (0.888 metres/2 feet 9 inches)
One man per oar
Oar length 4.2m (13 feet 8”) and 4.0m (13 feet) - short oars at ends of ship
Speed: able to cover 184 sea miles at about 7.5 knots without stopping
4) The fleet spent 8 months at sea, with 90 ships on duty at any one time (200 for Egypt) Pay was 1 drachma a day (increased in 415 BC). Crew was 170
oarsmen + 30 "non-sailors" (10 marines, sail-crew, carpenter, helmsman, piper) + captain. Oarsmen sat in 3 tiers [Aristophanes mentions the
olfactory disadvan tages of being on bottom tier during a long voyage] Training was necessary: Athens undertook many small military expeditions just
to keep the oarsmen fit, although as far as skill was concerned "the majority can row as soon as they get aboard since they have practised all
through their life" (The "Old Oligarch").