Odysseus' Penteconter - Handmade

Odysseus' Penteconter - Handmade

PEN0346
 
$1,999.00
A handmade reproduction of the Penteconter of Odysseus, which took part to the Trojan War in 1200 BC.

The penteconters emerged in an era when there was no distinction between merchant and war ships. They were versatile, long-range ships used for sea trade, piracy and warfare, capable of transporting freight or troops. A penteconter was rowed by fifty oarsmen, arranged in a row of twenty-five on each side of the ship.

The trireme, the primary warship of classical antiquity, evolved from the penteconter via the bireme.

Fine example of the archaic Greek 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...


Characteristics

Material
Natural wood
Height
50 cm (20 in.)
Length
70 cm (27.5 in.)
Width
40 cm (16 in.)

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