Ancient Ship Construction
- Hello All,
Ok, so most Bolger designs and boats aren't ancient! However,some of
the constructions methods
do go back quite a period of time! Anyway, not to wander any futher
afield, let me tell you about a interesting book I found at the local
library: "Ships and Seafaring in Ancient Times", by Lionel Casson.
The construction methods illustrated are great. Bottom planks joined
by mortise & tenon joints, sewn planks (stitch & glue?)jug boats,
skin boats,Viking boats and so on...
It appears that square sails were used for thousands of years. One
illustration shows a loose footed square sail with a reefing method
that consists of a web of ropes which could be adjusted to roll up
the sail from the bottom. I wonder how that would work with a lug
Check it out...you might want to build a Bolger "Queen of the Nile"!