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Tessarakonteres
also called "forty" was a large type of galley used in the Hellenistic period

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  1. The Guinness Book of Records recognizes it as the world's Largest Human Powered Vessel

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  2. Greek: τεσσαρακοντήρης, "forty-rowed"

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  3. The name "forty" refers to the number of banks of oars that propelled it

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  4. one of the largest ships constructed in Antiquity

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  5. The only recorded instance of this type of vessel is a showpiece galley built for Ptolemy IV of Egypt, described by Callixenus of Rhodes, writing in the 3rd century BCE

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