But the Greeks were different. Unlike the Egyptians,who had just big galleys and small galleys, they had ranks of galleys depending on their oars. For example: Monoremes,Biremes, and Triremes. Today, I'll take a look at the main ships: Triremes, which were the first ships that I think could be called battleships. These were the main ships in fleets all around Greece and beyond. Ships in the fleets 1: Triremes. The Trireme was so named for its three banks of oars, identifying it as a large galley. Its huge ram was made not out of iron but bronze, being harder than copper or wood. They were tall,but not to tall as to impair their fighting ability.