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A Homeric ship was a type of wooden sailing vessel used during the ancient history of Earth, during the time of Homer, ancient Greeks and the Trojan War. Such ships were propelled by sails and/or the rowing of oars.

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In ancient history, Ulysses commanded a Homeric ship during his ten-year voyage home from Troy, a journey detailed in the Odyssey. En route, the ship visited the Land of the Lotus Eaters, where his crew disembarked, affected by a sudden malaise of boredom and passivity. Later, he lashed himself to the mast of his ship in order to listen to the singing of the Sirens without obeying their hypnotic compulsion to wreck the vessel. (TOS comic: "What Fools These Mortals Be..")

In 2266, during an ordeal orchestrated by Beings, James T. Kirk lashed himself to the mast of a small Homeric ship to listen to the singing of Sirens. (TOS comic: "What Fools These Mortals Be..")

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Approaching the Shrine at Dafu

In 2267, Emperor Ledoy's imperial barge traveled to the Shrine at Dafu on Jodarr, which was located along a bend in the river a few hours travel from his castle. The Homeric ship was propelled by oarsmen and a sail. (TOS comic: "Spore of the Devil")

In 2366, Geordi LaForge recreated a Homeric ship on the holodeck of the USS Enterprise. After exposure to a white hole, he lashed himself to the mast of the ship to listen to the singing of Sirens. (TNG comic: "I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing")

Also in 2366, Powell used illustrations of Ulysses’ Homeric ship, the Cyclops and the Trojan horse as part of his method actor technique to recharge his persona of Ulysses on Rampart. He even splashed water on his face to simulate the feeling of being aboard the vessel. (TNG novel: Gulliver's Fugitives)

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