The model, about 33 m long, is a reproduction in scale of the most common roman war ship.
Original paints and mosaics reproducing a similar boat can be found in Pompei, Italy, and in many museums such as the Bardo in Tunis. She was in use during Republican and Empire Period, from some century before to some century after J.C.
The ship was powered by one and seldom two sails and by around 40 men at the oars, such figure depending on the hull total lenght.
Rowers, mainly slaves or captives, sitted on two layers and necessitated of special side boxes to hold oars, due to the very limited width of the hull. This ship was relatively small but the strong team at the oars gave them an high speed. She was equipped with a fast lowering mobile bridge, with hooks to branch enemy vessels and with a very powerful submerged bronze rostrum to open dangerous water ways to their hull, sinking them.
Rudders, one on each side, were side positioned and directly activated The anchor was a wooden one, but typical lead counterweights were present to make it efficient and stronger.
The present model version includes inside frames and oars teams, but a similar model without interiors, is considered to be published on this Site, mainly for videogames use.
On this Site you can also find a bigger Roman ship, a Trireme.
As many textures have been used, model dimension can be higly reduced replacing textures with flat colors, in case the ship is represented far away: The model itself is less then 2Mb, while textues use more than 6Mb; they are: