part 1. Lemnos Island,
An early settler on the coast of the
would see the chain of nearby island and been tempted to sail from one to the
next. They might be merely thirteen miles away and a boatful of men could
easily row from one to the next in half a day. Around 4000BC there were
sail-propelled boats on Euphrates some of these could reach . Egypt
Aronauts Searching for Gold
Black Sea was the main destination for island traders.
They went to settlements around the Black Sea
to barter, taking pottery, oil and wine and bringing back copper and gold.
Now the sea is the Argonauts’ sea, and in the dawn
Odysseus calls the commands, as he steers past those foamy island;
Wait, wait, don’t bring the coffee yet, nor the pain grille.
The dawn is not off the sea, and Odysseus’ ships
Have not yet passed the islands, I must watch them still.
The Argonauts by D.H. Lawrence
A Lemian Myth
Passing Greek and Roman Battle Ships
Long before boats had guns wars were fought at sea between wooden and sail boats. The aim then was to ram the other boat and cause it to sink. One of the largest war ships of ancient times was the Greek trireme with fifty rowers, placed in three rows, one above the other.
And Often There were Pirate Ships
|An embroidery of an old boat in the house.|
Beyond the village which men still call
With leaden age o’er cargoed, dipping deep
and the hidden
That rings black
with a lake of fire; Cyprus
And all those ships were certainly so old
Who knows how oft with squat and noisy gun,
Questing brown slaves or Syrian oranges,
The pirate Genoese
Hell-raked them till they rolled
Blood, water, fruit and corpses up the hold.
Old Ships by James Elroy Flecker
At one time the pirates used the island’s large bays as bases from which to go out into the Aegean waters and attack passing craft. The pirates caused a lot of destruction to the island. It was fear of the pirates that caused the people to build fortresses, and also the reason many villages were transferred from places near the sea to the interior of the island, to higher, hidden and safer places. The pirates were often more feared than the Venetian or Turkish overlords. At least the Venetians improved the agricultural production and the Turks ensured stability, helping rid the waters of the pirates.
Things don't change!!!
Unfortunately even today we still have pirates