Archive Results For: Antiquity

The Aegina Pirate Ships of c.BC 1700

By Lucien Basch

Basch deduces the origins of shipbuilding in the Bronze Age from models and frescoes. He looks at details of shape, bow decoration, paddles rather than oars, and the probable transport of marine lances as offensive weapons.   He also considers the vessels which were propelled by sails and paddlers rather than oarsmen. These appear to have […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Art & Music | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Note: Early Knowledge of the Bosporus Undercurrent

By Margaret Deacon

A knowledge of the currents by which hydrostatic equilibrium is maintained between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea dates back to classical literature. Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Anchors in Egypt

By Lucien Basch

Little has been written about anchors in Egypt during the period of the Old Kingdom. Based on particular evidence, discoveries and previous researches, the author argues the relation of the Egyptians with the sea and maritime navigation. This paper examines the cases of two different types of stone anchors. The first anchor belongs to the […] Read More

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

Ancient Sea-anchors?

By Lynn Kirtland

Through the scrutiny of contemporary texts, in particular a poem by Alkaios (c.600 BC), the argument is made that Greek sailors of the seventh century were aware of the use of the floating sea-anchor (emergency drogue) for reducing drift in storm conditions. Reference is made to congruent devices anciently employed on the Nile and, perhaps, […] Read More

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

The Isis of Ptolemy 2 Philadelphus

By Lucien Basch

This article examines a fresco found during 1982 at the Black Sea site of the third century BC city of Nymphaeum. The vessel in question shown in the fresco may have been a “one-off” built for a showing-the-flag mission.   It differs in many respects from the fighting vessels of the times as depicted on contemporary […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design

Ancient Egyptian Anchors: a Focus on Facts

By Alessandra Nibbi

Close examination of the evidence from ancient Egyptian excavated anchors and iconography leads the author to state that while there is evidence to support travel and trade using vessels with anchors on inland waterways there is no conclusive evidence to support the concept of sea-going ancient Egyptians. Further support comes from linguistic studies, as no […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Art & Music | Miscellaneous

Bow and Stern Appendages in the Ancient Mediterranean

By Lucien Bosch

This article is about aspects of ship design in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Antiquity period. It examines fittings to the bows and sterns of contemporary vessels and speculates on their function. This information is gleaned from ships depicted on coins and seals, and also from line drawings summarised from the remains of buried ships. […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Art & Music | Shipbuilding & Design

The Athlit Ram: a Preliminary Investigation of its Structure

By J. Richard Steffy

Steffy’s article is an amply illustrated and very detailed preliminary report on a bronze ram and adjacent bow timbers of a pre-Christian Era warship of unstated provenance found intact in November 1980 in the Sea of Athil in the north of Israel.Ship’s timbers carried into the ichnographically decorated ram include the keel, waterline situated wales, […] Read More

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

When is a Ram not a Ram? The Case of the Punic Ship

By Lucien Basch.

Discusses the architecture and construction of the Punic Ship and the use of its ram as an offensive weapon from the findings of wrecks in the Mediterranean. Read More

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

The Birth of the Stocked Anchor and the Maximum Size of Early Ships. Thoughts Prompted by Discoveries at Kition Bamboula, Cyprus

By Honor Frost

Two small sixth century BC stone anchors have been unearthed in a temple dig in Cyprus.  The pierced anchor and the stone stock are interesting because of their propinquity, their date and the sacred location.  They represent a transition in anchor design.  This is the first proof of the co-existence of these two distinct forms […] Read More

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

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