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  1. First encountered this ship in the seminal Ships of the Pharaohs by Björn Landström. More recently I saw again the well know relief from Sahure's grave complex in Shelley Wachsmann's Seagoing Ships & Seamanship in the Bronze Age Levant. Amati has long now provided a kit for this ship, mostly based on Landström's plans, with a few oversimplifications as usual. Started out with forming a basic mold for the hull shape, over which I built the hull shape. The wood used is Linden, stained with a reddish teak water stain and then treated with tung oil.
  2. Egyptology: The Byblos-ship. or "Do herons quack?" Ruing the scarcity of ancient sea-faring vessel kits in wood, I thought I would try the Egyptian trader vessel (the so-called Byblos-ship) of the early Bronze Age which I could add alongside my 3C BC pentekontoros. Ancient boat models like these are sadly few and far between, despite there being a potential market for them now that PC games like Rome Total War II, Europa Universalis IV, Fields of Glory II and the like have made these boats somewhat familiar this past decade. Oh well, fingers crossed. Amati's 1/50th scale model is ... “ ...from very ancient drawings preserved in the tombs of Aboukir and dating from the reign of the Pharaoh Sahoure (sic). The fleet of this pharaoh sailed along the coast of Phoenicia (Lebanon), bringing back cedar wood and (...) slaves. The ship (...) has no wooden keel, the function of a spine being performed by an elastic cable under maximum tension (gr: hypozomata). It was twisted by means of a bar inserted between the strands. The structure was reinforced by means of beams in the hold which served as stiffeners. Although the hull is wooden, it still bears some resemblance in outline to the Nile boats with wicker-work frames. This boat is rigged with a square sail, narrow in proportion to its height, on an inverted V-shaped mast, and propelled by eight oars a side. There are a further six steering oars, three on either side.” (--Herman, Zvi. Peoples, Seas and Ships)." Byblos-Ships have come to mean any sea-going ship as opposed to other water craft. River craft, funeral barges etc. I decided from the outset that it's going to resemble a newly built craft with the natural look of new cedar wood, although either Dibetou or maybe stained Maple will suffice as substitutes, haven't decided yet. I have a huge stock of Maple strip but leaning towards Dibetou, which has a lovely dull ochre hue. Hemp fibre for the copious amount of stitching to be done and linen sail dyed 'tyrian red' because of the proximity of the murex fields in that part of the world, although.... hmm, I may have a surprise coming in the sail department. Things to note: In the above 3rd party plan view, there are some discrepancies with the Amati plan. 1. The hull is more rounded, the Amati straighter. Amati got it right, more than likely. 2. The rudder 'paddles' are larger than the regular ones, and decorated too. Elsewhere, diamond shaped rudder paddles (raddles?) have been noted. 3. Horizontal deck planking has been roped together in paralleled 'chords'; Amati has them loose? (and with no nails yet invented). I did wonder about this before I found the 'new' plan. 4. The hypozomata are thicker than Amati's. Let's call it 2.0 mm diam? (Edit: 3mm. 2mm is too skimpy.) 5. Some kit parts are seemingly of Douglas Fir - never encountered this before in a kit. Nice one! Edit: Amati ignored this rendition and stuck to Lundstrom's instead. See later posts for details. Behind the hull plywood is my bashed 1/60th sanbuq (dhow) for size comparison purposes, which might end up in the gallery here one day. What's in the box, Nikiforox? String. Mostly. Will replace with existing stock. A mix of walnut beech and fir, for the structure, and a 0.2mm copper sheet for the fore and aft rope supports.. The plywood is porous enough for a good carpenters' glue to hold, for which I am very grateful. : ( Plans and instructions. All very nicely drawn and presented. Also, a 13 page illustrated history of Portuguese funerary boats. If you can believe such a thing... More to follow, where we will look at two trees and their cut wood which will have relevancy. Additionally, I noted elsewhere from bas-reliefs a tripodal mast and twin stern-posts on a similar vessel; the design is attractive and a possible candidate for a conversion here. Aaand finally for now... here's Sahur... eh... Sahure's doctor and his better half. Learn to read english, Nikiforos... May be a candidate design for the sail as I really like thiis simple image. Nika
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