A Further Note on the Thera Ships

By Don H. Kennedy, published May 1978

Abstract

This paper relates to further thoughts on the use of the ship’s stern platform depicted in the Thera fresco from c1500 BC. It speculates on the use of the ‘stern appendage’ and the possibility that it was part of the design – perhaps to alleviate a fore and aft rocking, or porpoising motion, that may have occurred under certain sea conditions, whether under sail or oar power.

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Filed under: Prehistory | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Shipbuilding & Design

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