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A Short Overview Of Ancient Egyptian Boat Designs

By Gamal Rasheed

The River Nile which flows over a large part of Egypt is considered a boon to Egypt. It forms the most suitable means of conveyance all over Egypt. Construction of boats became mandatory to serve as a means of transport across the Nile. Boats were constructed in various designs depending on their intended purpose.

Although the principal intention behind boat-making was transport, it was also employed for fishing purposes and for recreational use. The ancient scripts of Egypt consisting of hieroglyphics depict a pictorial display of these boats. Through these representations, it is obvious that they also represent mythology and religion.

Abydos and Tarkhan are two of the places where plenty of Egyptian boat remains were sighted. The ancient Egyptian Kingdom did not reveal an adequate amount of information. An exact model of the ancient Egyptian boat was portrayed in the King Khufu’s ship. It is a realistic representation of the ships constructed in those times.

Boats belonging to the first dynasty were sighted at Abydos, and they have a well-defined plan. These were twenty five meters long and 2 to 3 meters wide. It was possible to accommodate thirty rowers even though it was just sixty centimeters deep. Both the prow and the stern gradually narrowed towards the ends in a typical manner. Historical facts prove that Egyptian boats were also decorated with paintings.

Wood used for building the boat structure happened to decay as time passed by, and therefore a deeper study of kind of wood was not possible. Archaeologists believe that in the earliest dynasty of the Egyptian kingdom, wood from the Cedar tree was used to build boats.

The technical ways of construction have also been determined by archaeologists. Trees were cut and then wooden planks were made. These were lashed and smoothed by vigorous scrubbing and then a mortise was utilized to complete the process. After the structure was erected, the tiny seams were sealed by using several reeds. This prevented water from entering the boats. If the covering of the boat was removed, it can be seen that the shape is not perfect, because they did not use any supportive frame as in today’s boats.

Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and pictures consist of images of boats and ships. The tombs and temples at Medinet Habu and Deir el Bahri are particularly popular in this regard as the walls of these structures display a variety of models of ancient Egyptian boats.

It is through these hieroglyphics that historians have been able to analyze the boat making tradition in ancient Egypt a lot more than the actual remains that have been discovered. Nonetheless historians have not much information about how the ships were constructed in the new Kingdom.

The state would also encourage the building of boats and ships. Some ruling authorities such as Pharaoh Snefru encouraged and patronized the building of boats and ships to add to the strength of the Navy. In some cases boats were created for recreational and fishing purposes.

Ancient Egyptian cartouche bore the seal of the Pharoah . Follow the link to get more info on ancient Egyptian papyrus boats.

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