Do you know History of Ships and which was the First Ship in the World and how it was built?
First Ship in the World
While searching for the information about the invention of the ship(first ship in the world), it was found that Historians talk about Praise of the Two Lands, when it comes to ships in ancient times.
‘Praise of the two lands’ was the First Ship in the World?
It has been mentioned in Australian Maritime Journal that “The earliest known ship name appears to have been Praise of the Two Lands given to a large cedarwood Egyptian vessel, about 167 feet long, in the reign of Pharoah Sneferu, about 2680 BC”. This was quoted from D H Kennedy’s Ship Names – Origins and Usages During 45 Centuries.
Talking about “The Praise of the Two Lands” it was a large ship built by the Egyptian under the pharaoh Sneferu around 2600 BC and interestingly it was made with cedar wood.
According to Mariners Museum, the painting of ships appeared on the ancient Egyptian vases and murals around the year 6,000 BCE. As the Egyptian civilization was much more dependant on the River Nile they used the flow for transportation and even trade.(History of Ships)
History of Ships?
The historians found that the first ship built by the Egyptians were made up of papyrus reeds and were sailed with the help of rowers made of oars. But as the trade through river increased papyrus was replaced by the wood. The wooden planks were held together with rope, and the spaces between the planks were caulked with reeds. These were sailed in addition to being rowed.
Most of the ships made from the wood were used for the trade activities to the Mediterranean lands. These ships not only take the Egyptian goods but also brought back the goods from those lands.(First Ship in the world)
It is also recorded in the history, that religious temples in Egypt used to possess a ship or sometimes fleets of ships. Apart from this they also used ships for exploration. Under the rule of Queen Hatshepsut, the Egyptian explorers visited the eastern coast of Africa while in Rameses III regime, they crossed the Indian Ocean.