Ship of Mycenaean period





Τhe collapse of the Minoan civilization in 1600 BC, followed by the «Dark Ages». During this era there are no data on the development of shipbuilding.

Ship’s copy of the Mycenaean era.

In Mycenaean times however, an intense strong shipbuilding activity is observed. Many representations that found on ancient vases, depict, for example, ships with common characteristics. For instance, the fore post is so particularly elevated, that in several representations surpasses even the height of the mast.

The amphora of Skyros dating the 12th century BC

The amphora of Skyros dating the 12th century BC

The amphora of Skyros dating the 12th century BC

Ships with the same characteristics, there are on representations found in Egypt. What is particularly interesting, is the ship of Cheops, which was discovered in 1954 and is kept in excellent condition.

The ship has a long careen and sharply curved the stern’s ending, depicting the tail of a bird. While the elongated and straight bow’s ending, is decorated with a bird’s head.

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