Greek pentecontere

The Greek Pentekontere was an early form of the galley, which was quite long, narrow and flat in order to build the highest possible speed for ramming. In addition to the oarsmen, the ship was equipped with a rectangular sail.


This ship was invented in 680 BC. by the Corinthian shipbuilder Ameinokles. Only with this ship did the Greeks succeed in arriving against the strong currents and the unfavorable wind in the Bosporus and to found colonies in the Black Sea.




Technical specifications:

length: 30 to 40 meters
width: 4 meters
Number of oarsmen: 25 per page
Number of sails: 1 rectangular
arming: Rammsporn



Griechische Pentekontere

Greek pentecontere






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