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RAMESES III's  GALERE
These Egyptian ships defeated the tall ships of the dangerous Sea People

 

The war against the Sea People was perhaps the most famous Egyptian war heavily involving the naval strength of the empire, and it is the first to ever be well documented. During the reign of Rameses III which was in 1182 BCE to 1151 BCE, a new threat arose to challenge the Egyptians in a different way:  A new people called the Sea People were arriving in the Levantine region and destroying its cities. Already the once mighty Hittites were destroyed by these people of mysterious origin and it soon became obvious that Egypt with all of its wealth would be next.

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."

In that relief, it portrays the enemy with their tall ships all falling into the Nile and pierced by the arrows that were being fired from the Egyptian ships. At the same time, Ramses claims that he lured the enemy close to Nile shore where he unleashed upon them hundreds of thousands of arrows.  The Egyptians on their fast and nimble riverine crafts won against the maritime vessels of the Sea People, who are depicted by the Egyptians as ill equipped for ranged combat.



                             
 

 

 

This 30" long x 21" tall x 13" wide Rameses III's boat is made wood with plank-on-frame construction method.   When the oars are fully deployed, the with of the boat is 17".     $990      S & H is $70

 

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