Corinthian Bireme - Handmade

Corinthian Bireme - Handmade

A handmade reproduction of a Corinthian bireme, the ancient oared warship with two decks of oars,invented and used by Greeks even before the sixth c. B.C.

Biremes were long vessels built for military purposes, had relatively high speed, meticulous construction and strength. It was modified from the penteconter, a ship that had only one set of oars on each side, the bireme having two sets of oars on each side. The bireme was twice the triaconter's length and height, and thus employed 120 rowers.The bireme eventually evolved into the trireme.

Fine example of the early Corinthian fighting ship, handmade to the last finest detail, fully waterproof and functional.

We take extra care in packing these beautiful model ships to ensure a safe transit. The ship is suspended from a double reinforced wood frame which is then packed in a protective material box inside a special crate. Its robust construction and quality materials guarantee a safe delivery to your door. All shipments are fully insured.

Our ship designs are based on pictures, illustrations, pottery scenes and ancient scripts. First the frame is designed from scratch and cut. The wood used for the keel and the supporting traverse beams is plywood, while the hull is made of oak of 1.5 mm thickness. Then the ship is assembled using wood spines.

After the first laying of the oak planks the hull is smoothed over. This is followed by a second layer of oak planks with waterproofing material in between in order to achieve 100% functionality and watertightness. The total thickness of the body of the ship exceeds 3 mm. The ram is made of brass as in the original ships. All the details on the ship as stairs, sails, shields, ropes, oars, etc. are handmade from scratch.

Finally the ship is varnished with special varnishes to assure a safe sailing...


Natural wood
50 cm (20 in.)
70 cm (27.5 in.)
40 cm (16 in.)

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