Egyptian Sea-going Ships about 2600 B.C.

By Carl V. Solver, published February 1961


The Egyptians built ships especially adapted for voyages beyond the sheltered waters of the Nile at a very early period. There is evidence of voyages beyond the Nile, not only to Syrian ports, but even down the Red Sea to far off Punt. Journeys to Punt and Lebanon were undertaken to obtain rare incense, large timbers and cedar oil for religious purposes. Ships employed in this trade, were certainly not like the frail boats still to be seen in museums, built from small pieces of sycamore and home grown timber, but constructed in a far better and especially a far more rigid manner.

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Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design

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