Egyptian Transport (AM1403) Historic Scale Wooden Model Ship Kit by Amati Model
Length 14″ Height 11″ Scale 1:50
Plank on Bulkhead Construction
The Nile River was the highway that joined the country together. Up until the nineteenth century, travel by land was virtually unknown. Ships and boats were the main means of transporting people and goods around the country. Egyptian watercraft had a high stern and bow, and by the New Kingdom, they were equipped with cabins at both ends. The prevailing winds blew south, propelling boats travelling in that direction, while boats heading north relied on the current and oars.
The simplest type of boat used in ancient Egypt was the skiff, made from papyrus reeds that were tied together. Since the reeds are filled with air pockets, they are particularly buoyant. Skiffs were used for fishing and hunting game in the marshes, or for travelling short distances.
Large wooden ships were equipped with square sails and oars. Their planks, held together with rope, expanded in the water, making the vessel watertight. Acacia wood was used in Lower Nubia to build the ships that transported massive blocks of stone from the Aswan district to the building sites of the pyramids, temples and cities along the Nile. Ships could travel with ease up and down the Nile from the delta region to the First Cataract at Aswan.
The need to get cedar and ebony wood, myrrh and a particular golden alloy, called “electrum”, pushed the Egyptians to build suitable ships for navigation on the open sea, so that they could reach Syria or cross the Red Sea. A bas-relief discovered in the King Sahure temple allowed the reconstruction of this model, made enchanting by the particular construction of the hull.
The Egyptian Transport kit includes precut keel and frames; wooden and metal fittings; cloth sails.
Scale 1:50/ Length: 35cm (13.8″)