By Sir George CV Holmes
Historical and smooth Ships absolutely Illustrated wood Sailing-Ships via Sir George C. V. Holmes An endeavour has been made during this instruction manual, so far as area and scantiness of fabric may enable, to track the background of the advance of wood ships from the earliest instances right down to our personal. regrettably, the duty has been incredibly tough; for the annals of shipbuilding were very badly stored right down to a particularly contemporary interval, and the statements made via previous writers referring to ships aren't purely meagre yet usually super faulty. additionally, the drawings and work of vessels that have survived from the classical interval are few and much among, and have been made by way of artists who idea extra of pictorial influence than of accuracy of aspect. thankfully the carvings of the traditional Egyptians have been an exception to the above rule. due to their perform of recording and illustrating their historical past in a single of the main imperishable of fabrics we all know extra in their ships and maritime expeditions than we do of these of the other humans of antiquity. If their draughtsmen have been as conscientious in delineating their boats as they have been of their drawings of animals and constructions, we could settle for the illustrations of Egyptian vessels that have survived into our epoch as being right of their major gains. The researches now being systematically conducted within the Valley of the Nile upload, yr by way of 12 months, to our wisdom, andviii already we all know adequate to let us to say that send construction is without doubt one of the oldest of human industries, and that there most likely existed a sea borne trade within the Mediterranean lengthy earlier than the construction of the Pyramids.
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Over 500 years after the expedition to Troy and 1,000 years after the battle depicted in The earliest Temple of Victory at Thebes. It was fought between the Corinthians and their rebellious colonists of Corcyra, now the called Corfu. Some of the naval expeditions recorded in Greek history were conceived on a gigantic scale. The joint fleets of Persia and Phoenicia which attacked and conquered the Greek colonies in Ionia consisted of 600 vessels. C. Persian commander-in-chief, This expedition Shortly afterwards the Mardonius, collected a much larger fleet for the invasion of Greece itself.
There are also extant pictures of Egyptian cattle- boats, formed of two ordinary barges lashed together, with a temporary house, or cattle-shed, constructed across them. , and Mer-en-Ra, are inscriptions which shed a flood of light on Egyptian shipbuilding of this period, and on the uses to which ships. particularly rich in such records. In the tomb of In one of them we learn how Una was sent by ships were put. a sarcophagus in a single piece of limestone, Pepi to quarry mountain Memphis, and to transin one of the king's ships.
In connection with this account it is curious to note that, at so late a period as the time of Herodotus, papyrus the* sails of Nile boats, for we know that, for was used many for centuries previously, the Egyptians were adepts in the manufacture of linen, and actually exported fine linen to Cyprus to be used as sail-cloth. Before concluding this account of shipbuilding in ancient Egypt, it may be mentioned that, in the year 1894, the French Egyptologist, Monsieur J. ) admirably preserved in brick vaults at Dashur, a little above Cairo, on the The site of these vaults is about one left bank of the river.