posted on Dec, 20 2012 @ 03:50 PM
Last night on PBS's show Nova, the episode was "Building Pharoahs ship."
They recreated an Egyptian cargo ship from Hapshetsut's expedition to punt.
magnificent trading vessel embarks on a royal expedition to a mysterious, treqasure-laden land called Punt. Is this journey, intricately depicted
on the wall of one of Egypt's most impressive temples, mere myth—or was it a reality? NOVA travels to the legendary temple, built some 3,500 years
ago for the celebrated female pharaoh Hatshepsut,
They used family of tradition Egyptian shipwrights to construct a ship based on drawings and pieces of timber found at a Red Sea "port".
The ship was made from from planks that were held together by mortice and tenon joints.
It was a full scale functional boat.
Fascinating part was that after the hull was complete it was sunk and left to soak for two weeks ,so that the wood would swell and seal the joints. It
didn't work so well so they chinked it with raw linen fiber and bee's wax to male it water tight and it worked.
The ship sailing on the red sea
It was fascinating when not under sail the ship rolled like weeble, but as soon as the made sail it was a stable platform.
They had a professional sailing captain on the boat, and at first HS was skeptical by after they made sail HS claimed it was one of the best downwind
boats he has ever sailed.