The Dromone

The Byzantine dromone, which was used in the 6th and 7th centuries, was an evolution of the Roman galleys. This type of ship also had a closed deck to protect the helm crew from attack, and to house throwing machines and marines. In addition, the ships were still equipped with a ramming spur and the Greek fire.

In the 9th to 12th centuries, the rudder rows superimposed and replaced with a series and larger and heavier oars. Likewise, a deck fort was erected for the soldiers.




Technical specifications:

Length: Up to 50 meters
Width: 5,5 meters
Number of oarsmen: 100 per page
Number of sails: 0, later 1
Arming: pile spur, throwing machines, Greek fire



Byzantinische Dromone

Byzantine Dromone


Dromone vom 9. bis 12. Jahrhundert

Dromone from the 9th to the 12th century






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