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Friday, July 09, 2004

How Egyptian river vessels looked like

Of course, there were papyrus boats, like the one, which Thor Heyerdahl used to travel from Egypt to Florida. However, one could expect that Nil would rather chose a more comfortable vessel. River granary ships were large and hence more comfortable. Besides, they just delivered the grain to Alexandria and had to go back up the stream before the river level would go up (the peak was in August-September).

Such ships were made out of a wooden framework covered with wood or papyrus lashed together with ropes. After the material got enough moisture, it swallen and made a watertight seal making the ship body usable.

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