A good medium-size, multipurpose ship, the liburne can fight in great battles and perform scouting duties.
Many bad things can be said about pirates, but everybody must agree that their ships are among the best in the world. Senatores! The Republic needs a great fleet to destroy those enemies who provoke us. Our spies tell us that pirates in northern Iliria - Liburnia are using a ship type suitable for reinforcing the Republic's navy. By studying captured vessels, the Republic's shipwrights can copy their design and produce ships of the finest quality.
Historically, liburnes (navis liburnae) were middle sized vessels (length about 36m). Technically they were biremes - having two rows of thirty oars on each side with one man at each oar. The ship has a very narrow deck, not covering the oarsmen’s seats, and a small cabin in the back for officers. The crew numbered around 180 - 120 oarsmen, 40 marines and about 20 sailors and officers. The main weapon of the liburne was a ram and some might have had light ballistae on board. As with other roman warships liburnes were equipped with sails on two masts - main in the middle of the ship and another on a small foremast.