The Egyptian Obelisk Lighter

By G.A. Ballard, published August 1947

Abstract

This article outlines points of disagreement with an earlier article on the same subject which claimed that ‘the idea of a hull built with strong frames overlaid by a shell is not applicable to Egyptian shipbuilding.’ Ballard explains that the reader cannot extrapolate from a model and make claims about full-size ship building methods. Ballard instead uses his own extensive experience to explain how the lighter could have been towed successfully by boats.

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

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