The mighty trireme was constructed to transport Spartan elite and royalty, and thus was not just grand to see, but also deadly. During the Peloponnesian War, rumours spread that Lysander, a notable admiral of the Spartan Army, was travelling aboard the Lakedaimonia. Due to this, Athens offered a notable bounty to whoever took down the ship.
At some point between 429 and 422 BCE, the trireme was destroyed by the Adrestia commanded by the misthios Kassandra, who claimed the ship's sails and finery for her own. Lysander was not aboard the Lakedaimonia.
- The name of the ship references Lacedaemonia, the name borne by Lakonia in antiquity.
- The emblem adorning the ship is a stylized labyrinth.