Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Blain Hunt has picked up that “The Pharaoh Who Conquered the Sea” is probably on NOVA as “Building Pharaoh’s Ship”. Thanks Blain and well done. This may help those outside the UK to see this documentary. Blain writes.

I tried to find “The Pharaoh Who Conquered the Sea” by typing in the UK BBCTV, but either the UK BBCTV wouldn’t download or I didn’t know how to do it.  But I just got through watching the excellent American science program, Nova, and they had “Building Pharaoh’s Ship” which was about some archeologists attempting to reconstruct one of Queen Hatshepsut's ocean going vessels.  I bet it is the same program under a different name, and Nova eventually re-shows everything.  They said next week on Nova will be a story about the Sphinx. 

One thing I forgot to mention, which the movie makers also failed to mention, was the inclusion of what’s called a Hogging Truss on their ship.  You may have noticed two thick posts on the front and rear of the ship about seven feet high.  The builders attach a thick rope to the front and rear of their ship, run it across the tops of those posts, and then tighten it like turning a tourniquet.  It keeps the ship rigid, otherwise when the ship sits atop a big wave, it might break in half.  It was an important part of early ocen going ship building, and that rope can be clearly seen on the builder’s finished product.


tim said...

Hi Kate

This was a bit of a bore though I really liked the petty boat constructed for the show though I was disappointed by the fact the sail was made from cotton and not linen as the original sail almost certainly was.

Kate said...

Experimental archaeology isn't my thing either so I found it boring too.


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