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Images Dated 21st June 1985

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Oarsmen from Warwick University were sent to the galleys - to test out the design of an Featured 21 Jun 1985 Print

Oarsmen from Warwick University were sent to the galleys - to test out the design of an

Oarsmen from Warwick University were sent to the galleys - to test out the design of an ancient Greek warship. They were rowing a Coventry-made replica section of a trireme, a warship propelled by oarsmen sitting on three levels, in the sheltered waters of the moat at Coombe Abbey. And the 11 Warwick University Boat Club members, who normally row narrow lightweight fibreglass fours on the River Avon, pronounced the 2,500-year-old design thoroughly workable. After only half an hour's practise they were able to keep time together and develop a great deal of thrust in the unfamilair vessel, which was moored to the bank. The £40,000 replica section was built by Coventry Boatbuilders Co-operative at the Arches Industrial Estate, Spon end, Coventry. It was paid for by the Trireme Trust, set up by a Cambridge banker after a prolonged public debate about Trireme design in The Times newspaper. For designer John Coates, a retired naval architect, the successful trial came at the end of years of detective work, using archeological and literary evidence. For example, a Greek anecdote about a slack sailor being punished by having his head tied in an oar port gave clues as to how big the ports must have been.
21st June 1985

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