Egyptian cargo and ferry boat used on the Upper Nile, early 20th century.
4 0 c m
 
32cm
actual image size: 24cm x 32cm

Egyptian cargo and ferry boat used on the Upper Nile, early 20th century.

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Description

Model (scale 1:12). Details for making this model were obtained from a boat at Kurusku on the Nile, some 100 miles south of Aswan. In Egypt, boat-builders had always to contend with the difficulty of obtaining suitable timber. The boat, 25 ft long and with a beam of 9 ft 6 ins, was built without any internal ribs or frames, and has a type of sail known as a lateen. This design has been used in Egypt since at least 450 BC.
 

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10266039
 

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