Archive Results For: Antiquity

The Egyptian Obelisk Ships Part I

By Carl V Sølver

Ancient Egyptian ships used to transport obelisks down the Nile are described. Evidence from carvings and inscriptions is discussed including personal visits to archaeological sites and experience of Nile navigation. Topics include dimensions, design and construction of the vessels and sourcing of timber; transporting the obelisks from quarry to river and loading onto the ships; […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Archaeology

The Frameless Boats of the Middle Nile Part I

By James Hornell

This is a very detailed description of the construction of a number of types of frameless boats of the Nile, built since early up to modern times, giving details of materials, methods, designs, hulls, rigging, sails and oars, outriggers, decorations, etc., together with a note of the builders themselves and some illustrations. Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

Umiak: The European Ancestry of the “Women’s Boat”

By T.C. Lethbridge

The largest skin boat in the world to-day is the Umiak or “Women’s Boat” of Greenland and Arctic America. It is known from the celebrated drawing in the Pepysian library that the “Wild Irish” as late as the seventeenth century were in the habit of building and sailing very large skin boats, probably much larger […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Early Middle Ages | Antiquity | North Sea | Irish Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific | Arctic
Subjects include: Archaeology | Science & Exploration | Whaling & Fishing

The Coracles of the Tigris and Euphrates

By James Hornell

The article describes the coracles used on the inland waterways of Iraq called quffah. Detail is given of the method of construction, their use and the different sizes, some big enough to transport 3 horses and several men. The method of propulsion is discussed. The author considers similar vessels in antiquity described by writers such […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

Lighthouses, Lights and Buoys

By J. P. Bowen

The origin of lighthouses is given, from the first one built at the island of Pharos in Alexandria on the 3rd century B.C. They were used as a mark or reference to mariners coming from high seas, when approaching the coast during daylight, when those marks were natural objects. By night a fire was shown […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Medieval | English Channel | Early Modern | North Sea | Eighteenth Century | Nineteenth Century | Mediterranean | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Administration | Miscellaneous | Science & Exploration

The Curraghs of Ireland Part I

By James Hornell

An initial discussion of the etymology of the name is followed by a literature survey which reveals a considerable mythological element. There is then an extended description of surviving curraghs, based on a field trip undertaken in 1936. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Antiquity | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Shipbuilding & Design

Egyptian Shipping of About 1500 B.C.

By Carl V Sølver

The author explains that his article may be considered ‘an amplification –and occasionally as a criticism – of the series of articles published by Admiral Ballard in The Mariner’s Mirror of 1920 under the title “The Sculptures of Der-el-Bahri”. The sandstone reliefs at Der-el-Bahri provide valuable material for the study of ancient Egyptian shipping –the […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

A Model of the Portus Ship

By Dr Jules Sottas

The ship in question is that which forms part of a marble bas-relief discovered in the ruins of the ancient harbour constructed by the Emperor Claudius. Sottas built a model of the vessel, based on the bas-relief image, to seek to establish the size and displacement of the original Roman merchant vessel. Having built the […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

Virgil – Poet of the Sea

By Professor Torquato C Giannini

Greatest sea poet of all time, Virgil’s Aeneid is unrivalled for knowledge of the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea. The voyage of the Trojans across the Ionian sea would be recognised today First six books give accurate accounts of navigation shipbuilding from observation. He lent a modern air to antiquity of 5th century BC, proved […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Art & Music | Miscellaneous | Ship Handling & Seamanship

A Review of Dr. J. Holland Rose’s book The Mediterranean in the Ancient World

By Dr Jules Sottas

Dr. Rose’s book commences with an explanation of the topography etc. of the Mediterranean and how the earliest civilisations adapted to the maritime environment. Beginning with the Aegeans, Mycenaeans and Minoan Cretans he demonstrates the progress of the successive maritime powers in the region. By way of the Phoenicians and the Greeks he progresses to […] Read More

Filed under: Prehistory | Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Merchant Marines | Navies

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