CRETE -The Minoan Ship

It was an early, of exceptional perfection (oared- sailed), sea-going ship of mixed use, which distinguished Minoan Crete until 1500 BC as master of the seas. It had 42 wide oars and approximately 55 crewmen and reached 30 metres in length. The impressive captain’s cabin, the kiosk of the oarsmen and the careful decorations on the prow and stern were its main characteristics that are emphasised particularly in the eminent mural of ships at the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri in Santorini.The Minoans of Crete are an example of an early Western civilization that used celestial navigation. Their palaces and mountaintop sanctuaries exhibit architectural features that align with the rising sun on the equinoxes, as well as the rising and setting of particular stars. The Minoans made sea voyages to the island of Thera and to Egypt. Both of these trips would have taken more than a day’s sail for the Minoans and would have left them traveling by night across open water.


  • Coin Alloy Name: Alpaca 12
  • Coin Alloy Color: silver
  • Coin Diameter: 31
  • Coin Thickness: 2,25
  • Coin Edge: serrated, fine with script
  • City: CRETE
  • Country: Greece
  • Available: yes
  • Location: CRETE , Greece