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Warship, Assyrian, about, 7OO-692 BC
From Nineveh, South-West. Palace, Room VII, panel 11
 
This ship was probably built and manned by Phoenicians employed by Sennacherib. It is a bireme, with two rows of oars. Shields are fastened around the superstructure, as on the fortifications of some city walls. The pointed bow a ram for holing enemy ships.


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