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The Olympias Trireme – 5th Century B.C Warship Reborn

Many historians have long suspected that the performance of the Greek triremes as reported by Esculus and others, were overstated.  Some have referred to them as “mythological.”   The  Olympias trireme, built in 1987,  designed by the naval architect John Coates, who died last week, … Continue reading

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John Coates: Latter-Day Trireme Designer

John Coates John Coates, who died on July 10 aged 88, had retired as chief naval architect at the Ministry of Defence when he took a central role in the building of a Greek trireme, the first, fastest and best … Continue reading

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