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                                      King KHUFU ship

The Khufu ship is one of the oldest, largest, and best-preserved vessels from antiquity. It measures 43.6 m (143 ft) long and 5.9 m (19.5 ft) wide.  It was the world's oldest intact ship and has been described as "a masterpiece of woodcraft" that could sail today if put into water.

The ship was one of two rediscovered in 1954 by Kamal el-Mallakh – undisturbed since it was sealed into a pit carved out of the Giza bedrock.  It was built largely of Lebanon cedar planking in the "shell-first" construction technique, using unpegged tenons of Christ's thorn.  The ship was built with a flat bottom composed of several planks, but no actual keel.

The Khufu ship is known as a "solar barge", a ritual vessel to carry the resurrected king with the sun god Ra across the heavens.  However, it bears some signs of having been used in water, and it is possible that the ship was either a funerary "barge" used to carry the king's embalmed body from Memphis to Giza, or even that Khufu himself used it as a "pilgrimage ship" to visit holy places and that it was then buried for him to use in the afterlife.

 
 


 

A model of this King Khufu's ship has been purchased by a niece of Mr. Kamal El Mallakh (who discovered this boat in 1954) as a family heirloom.   This  King Khufu's ship model boat features:

-Scratch-built

-Superior hollow hull construction (very important)

-All parts are wooden or metal

36" long x 7" tall x 7" wide.   $2,500   S & H is $90  SOLD OUT
 

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"Greetings,
Received the Khufu model and we are very pleased.  Thank you.  Interested in having you make a model of the Galilee boat as experts have envisioned it in original operation.  Attached is a pix of the model in the Nof Ginosar Kibutz museum in Israel. Can send other pictures of the model with closer detail and a technical drawing of the hull lines projected as original.  Looking forward to receiving our Egyptian ship model that hopefully will be finished soon. Have more projects in mind including Philistine and Phoenician ship models for which we have some reference material.  Thanks and blessings, Bill"