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Caligula's boat

Postby Witness » Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:56 am

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From Lake Nemi (Nemorensis Lacus), drained by Mussolini, boat later destroyed by artillery fire during WWII.

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Re: Caligula's boat

Postby shemp » Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:11 am

Doesn't look seaworthy. Needs work.
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Re: Caligula's boat

Postby ed » Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:05 am

I recall reading about that. It was used for gladiatorial games I think. Never saw a picture though. Thanks.
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Re: Caligula's boat

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:36 pm

Hmm.

The modern equivalent would be a card of world championship boxing matches aboard a chartered cruise ship.

It could be done, and make money too. Televised of course.

Unfortunately, the perfect guy to be the impresario and MC of such a thing is too busy right now, what with being president of the United States.
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Re: Caligula's boat

Postby Witness » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:12 pm

ed wrote:I recall reading about that. It was used for gladiatorial games I think.

Some arenas were flooded for "naval battles", yes, but here we have leisure / ostentation / religion.

There is an interesting Wiki page on the Nemi ships: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nemi_ships

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Both ships had several hand-operated bilge pumps that worked like a modern bucket dredge, the oldest example of this type of bilge pump ever found. The pumps were also operated by what may have been the oldest crank handles yet discovered; the reconstruction of the cranked pump which was assembled from fragments, including a wooden disk and an eccentric peg, has been dismissed as "archaeological fantasy".

Piston pumps (ctesibica machina: Vitruvius X.4?7) supplied the two ships with hot and cold running water via lead pipes. The hot water supplied baths while the cold operated fountains and supplied drinking water. This plumbing technology was later lost and only re-discovered in the Middle Ages.

Each ship contained a rotating statue platform. One platform was mounted on caged bronze balls and is the earliest example of the thrust ball bearing previously believed to have been first envisioned by Leonardo da Vinci but only developed much later. Previous Roman ball bearing finds (used for water wheel axles in thermal baths) had a lenticular shape. The second platform was almost identical in design but used cylindrical bearings. Although consensus is that the platforms were meant for displaying statues, it has also been suggested that they may have been platforms for deck cranes used to load supplies.

My personal intuition on these rotating platforms would be to link them to the rotating dining room of the Domus Aurea. But I certainly didn't research the subject. :oops:

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Re: Caligula's boat

Postby sparks » Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:09 pm

"We keep you alive to serve this ship. So row well, number 41. And live."
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Re: Caligula's boat

Postby shemp » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:39 am

The damn thing was a firetrap and a right old dump! Jolly good that we bombed the shit out of it! Probably saved thousands of lives!
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Re: Caligula's boat

Postby Witness » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:53 pm

shemp wrote:The damn thing was a firetrap and a right old dump! Jolly good that we bombed the shit out of it! Probably saved thousands of lives!

Some say it was the retreating Germans…

Anyway, just continuation of the usual Roman business:

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