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     ANCIENT SHIPS

"We of the sea come to know each other quickly: Our love, like our hates, are born of sudden dangers."--LEW WALLACE. 


King Khufu's ship

 


The oldest known vessel in existence is this royal barge of Egyptian king.  Dating from 2657 BC, it was found sealed in a pit at the foot of the Great Pyramid at Giza in 1954. The larget structure on the deck was a stateroom for the deceased pharaoph.... The ship has been restored and is now on view at the Khufu Ship Museum at Giza.  

 

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King Sahure's ship

 


This vessel was used during the reign of Pharaoh Sahure over 4,400 years ago.  Egypt's expanding interests in trade goods such as ebony, incense such as Myrh and frankincense, gold, copper inspired the Egyptians to build suitable ships for navigation of the open sea. 

 

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Queen Hatshepsut's ship

 


The first great woman ruler in history was Queen Hatshepsut.  During her reign, waterborn commerce flourished. 

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Viking ship Drakkar

 


Nothing is as symbolic of the Vikings as the longship or drakkar. The drakkar was a warship designed to carry fearless Viking warriors on their raids across Europe over a millennium ago.


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Viking ship Gokstad

 


The Gokstad ship was found in a large burial mound at the Gokstad farm in Sandar, Vestfold in 1880.  The ship had been built around 890 A.D. and later used in the ship burial of an important chieftain who died around 900 A.D. 

 

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Greek Trireme

 


"Hi, I bought your model "Greek Trireme" a few years ago, and it is often remarked by guests as a veritable jewel.  I'm interested in building a model of your Greek Bireme - is it possible to buy plans for this ship from you?   Thanks, Alex Fitch  Texas"

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Legendary ship ARGO

 


Argo was the ship Jason sailed with the Argonauts in quest of the Golden Fleece.  Athena supervised the construction of this largest ship ever built and fitted the bow with a speaking timber that could render prophecies.  Jason men included Heracles, Orpheus, and other heroes from all over Greece.

 

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Reale De France

 


The "REALE" in the name points out that she belonged to the king personally. The ship was decorated by the sculptor Pierre Puget. Some of the stern ornaments are shown in the Musée de la Marine in Paris, which also holds the original plans and many documents about the Real De France.
 

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Byzantine Dromon

 


The dromons were the most important warships of the Byzantine navy from the 6th to 12th centuries AD.  The dromons had a central tower near the main mast, from which the marines could use their bow and arrows or throw spears and other projectiles. Dromons were frequently equipped with flamethrowers that discharged Greek fire and catapults capable of hurling 10 kg projectiles up to 250 meters. 
 

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Venetian Galley

 


October 7th, 1571, an important naval battle between the Christians and Ottomans occurred in the strait between the gulfs of Pátrai and Corinth, off Lepanto, Greece.  The fleet of the Holy League commanded by John of Austria (d. 1578) opposed the Ottoman fleet under Uluç Ali Pasha.  The allied fleet of 200 galleys consisted mainly of Spanish, Venetian, and papal ships. 
 
Venetian galley
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Greek Bireme

Although not the original inventor of they galley, the Greek lavished the most time and effort on developing it. 

 
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Rameses III's Galere

 


Rameses III prepared a mighty fleet and planned to repulse the Sea Peoples in the Nile. In the account from the temple relief of Medinat Habu Ramises states, "I prepared the river-mouth like a strong wall with warships, galleys, and light craft. They were completely equipped both fore and aft with brave fighters carrying their weapons, and infantry of all the pick of Egypt."
 

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Egyptian Transport boat

 


Egyptians pioneered the development of river craft and there were many different types built for various uses.  Sailboats were used a lot by Egyptians.  They were steered by two oars and had only one square sail. The earliest record of a ship under sail is depicted on an Egyptian pot dating back to 3200BC.
 
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Troy

 


When Achilles leads his ship first to the Trojan beach, Agamemnon asks Nestor, "will he take the beach with just 50 men?"  
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Caesar's galley

 


Roman warships were fearsome weapons and a major factor in the expansion of the Roman Empire.  A unique "proboscus" on the front of the ship was a reinforced ram used to spear enemy ships.
 

Roman galley
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Roman Merchantman

 


Dating from before the time of Christ and remaining in use for several centuries after, the merchant ships of the Roman Empire represented an important stage in the evolution of the cargo ship.  Some of these vessels were very large, like the ones used for carrying grain from the fertile Nile valley to Rome.  The could measure 180 feet long.  
 

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Kon Kiti

 


The balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki was built as a copy of a prehistoric South American vessel.  Constructed of nine balsa logs, a crew of six men sailed the raft from Callao in Peru on 28th of April 1947 and landed on the island of Raroia in Polynesia after 101 days.  This successful voyage of c.4300 miles proved that the islands in Polynesia were within the range of this type of prehistoric South American vessel.
 

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Treasure Boat
 

Over 600 years ago, Zheng He led a mighty armada on the first of seven voyages on a mission of diplomacy and trade. The armada included treasure boats (or Bao-Chuan), which are the largest wooden ships ever built (30 times larger than the Santa Maria.)

 
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Galilee boat

 


The Galilee boat dated to the general time of Jesus' ministry. It was the type used by Jesus and the Twelve, and was large enough to hold 13 men. It may have been in use at the same time He sailed the sea. 

 

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Philistine boat

 


The historic Philistines were an Indo-European people who appeared in the southern coastal area of Canaan at the beginning of the Iron Age (circa 1175 BC.)  The Bible paints the Philistine as the Kingdom of Israel's most dangerous enemy.

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Hawaiian Catamaran

 


The first Hawaiian's are believed to have sailed north from the Marquises and Tahitian islands, on catamarans around 500 B.C. These incredibly seaworthy double hulled canoes averaged 70 feet in length, and could carry an entire village of 50, on eight-month-long voyages.

hawaiian catamaran
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Polynesian Boat

 

When Captain Cook arrived in Tahiti, Tahitians sailed out to greet them in double-hull boats that could sail circles around the H.M.S. Endeavour. Captain Cook’s artist made drawings of these boats and anthropologist quickly decided that this was the type of boat the Polynesians used to populate the Pacific Ocean. 

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ModelShipMaster's work is featured in a book title  "Frameworks of World History" Author: Stephen Morillo. Publisher: Oxford University Press USA. Release date: October 2013.

In Feb, 2012, Model Ship Master again was chosen by the film industry: "Hawaii-Five-0" (CBS Network) by EYE PRODUCTIONS.

In June 2008, Model Ship Master successfully completed and delivered a commissioned Viking ship model to the world-famous Maritime Museum of San Diego.