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Ancient Egypt in…Whitby???

February 24, 2013

Last week I spent a few lovely days in Whitby. During my stay I visited Whitby Museum. Obviously the collection is focussed on Whitby, hence the name of the museum. Therefore I was quite surprised to find, between a very large number of model ships in a large room, an ancient Egyptian sea-going ship!

Egyptian sea-going ship
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The information accompanying information reads:
Egyptian sea-going ship, c. 1500 B.C.
Reconstructed from reliefs on a burial temple at Deir El-Bahari, which shows a trading expedition sent to Punt (probably Somaliland) by queen Hatshepsut and Thotmes II.

Believed to be the first Egyptian ships with keels. Deck beams protrude through the side planks to give strength athwarthships, and a massive hawser resting on uprights stretched fore and aft and tightened like a tourniquet. This helped to prevent the ship from breaking her back in certain sea conditions. The ship was about 90 feet long and had 30 oars.

Scale: 3/16 inch represents 1 foot
Hull is hollow teak, veneer flanks, deck beams of boxwood and deck planks of sycamore veneer.

Made by Mr F. Bond, and given by him to Whitby Museum in 1997.

Egyptian sea-going ship
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As you can see on the photos, it’s a lovely model with a lot of detail. I was pleasantly surprised to find something that has to do with one of my main hobbies amongst the models of many quite famous ships. I’m just not so sure what the link with Whitby is (apart from the fact its maker possibly lives there).

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