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Egyptian Seagoing Ship “Byblos” by Hellmuht Schrader - 1:32

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8 hours ago, Boxbuilds said:

so I may have missed the explanation.....how did the shipbuilders plug the holes?  It must have shipped a lot of water??  And the knots...were there descriptions of how lines were attached or were they gleaned from illustrations?  Thank you.


the holes were like “V” shape in the interior going just up to the middle of the thickness. They were not seeing from the exterior. 

talking about the knots....  I did not find any specific annotations about it


However I realized that using those that helped me with “tension” worked well


thanks for your comments  



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Thanks Hellmuht, this is intriguing.   I appreciate your explanation.  I wonder if the methods left over from ships made with tied rushes became a natural progression to building wooden ships for the Egyptians. Something must have interfered with logic that led other cultures to wooden pegs and nails for fastening....hmmm.  I will read up some more on this.

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Thanks for following...... This ship belongs to the 5th dynasty......  by then, the wooden ships were just starting,  they used tied rushes (according with some documents) because 


  1.  This was about the copper age.... they did not have materials strong enough to work with
  2. They tied their ships - again this is speculation- because this method allowed them to assemble and dissemble the ship, allowing them to transport it in pieces.



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Weekend advances.....


Oars in its place.....  


  • The oars length were something that I had to deal with.  Accordingly with Landstrom, today we don’t know if these oars were really for rowing or for helmsman. 
  • We don’t know if they were rowing stand or seated.

So... I decided to build them assuming they were for rowing and the oars men were stand....


Also, they had a very special way to fix them to the ship.......guess what!!!!!  They also were tied 😄


here some pictures.....




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Now the oars for the “really” helmsmen.  According with the pictures in documents they were six..... And also There are different versions about it.... some pictures put he oarsmen stand some seated...... I went with the stand version


Also they have some differences in the blade form.....Take a look







Here some pictures....







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There are two theories 


one is the one you just mentioned. This one is with the oars in the position I just used  They are tide in two position. 


the other one is they steer moving  the oars like “rowing” With the angle needed to have the ship in the right direction.  They would be tide in just one place (like the oars are)  

so???? Pick just one


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  • 2 weeks later...

Here w go again.....

This time we are going to work in some fittings.....




This picture “suppose” to be the mast elevation system. I consisted (according with Landstrom mainly) in two stones that with a levers help.....





For these stones and for the anchor... I decided to work with a kind of stone named “powder stone” or “talcum stone” (probably you all have different name for it). Is kind of stone really easy to work with. I made the pieces using basically the dame tools I use for wood, finishing them with a wired brush to give some “carving effect “....

Here some pictures about the anchor process.....







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