The Egyptian Obelisk Lighter

By G.A. Ballard, published August 1947


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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