has it, that for ten long years the
Greeks laid siege to the ancient city of Troy but could
not take it. Then one night they sailed away
leaving only a large Wooden Horse. Thinking that the
Greeks had given up and returned home the Trojans took
what they thought was a large idol into the city as war
booty. That night ten brave men crawled out of the belly
of the horse. They opened the gates of the city allowing
the returning Greek soldiers to pour in and defeat the
mighty city of Troy.
Bireme was the warship used at the time of the Trojan wars.
It had a broad bottom with a shallow draft. Biremes were
propelled by two banks of oars and virtually skimmed over
the seas. The bow had a portion that protruded out at
water level. It is thought that this configuration was
intended for ramming and piercing the enemy's ships hull.
earlier configuration is close to the structure of the
boats used by the Greeks to defeat the Persian fleet at
Salamis in 480 BCE. It is clear from ancient Iconography
that the evolution and changes to the configuration of
these ships evolved over an extended period of time. The
time between the Trojan and Persian wars being
approximately 800 years.
An important version of an ancient warship was the "bireme"
equipped with an outrigger. The advantage was, that this
way, a ship could have two rows of oars on each side. The
upper row of oars-men was sitting on an upper bench more
outside, so their oars wouldn't interfere with the oars of
their fellow mates sitting below. A "bireme"
could be equipped with as many as a hundred oars-men,
fifty on each side of the ship.