Rowing the Trireme

By J.S. Morrison, published August 1978


In their paper “Greek Oared Ships 900-322BC” R.T. Williams and J.S. Morrison collected, as far as possible, all the relevant evidence related to the oar systems of these ships. They deduced the maximum dimensions of the ship sheds, the number of men in the ships company of trieres and the length and number of oars in the three classes, amongst other considerations. Thus they are highly critical of A.F. Tilley’s article which is not consistent with any of their findings, albeit based on a practical experiment in seamanship.

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Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

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