Cheops' Solar Boat

Sheila Laurens

Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

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The Khufu ship is an intact full-size vessel from Ancient Egypt that was sealed into a pit in the Giza pyramid complex at the foot of the Great Pyramid Giza around 2500 BC. The ship was almost certainly built for Khufu (King Cheops), the second pharaoh of the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom of Egypt.

It 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 identified as the world’s oldest intact ship and has been described as “a masterpiece of woodcraft” that could sail today if put into water. However, the vessel may not have been designed for sailing (no rigging) or paddling (no room).

Khufu ship

Featured by Safe Haven-High Quality ~ 6th May 2011

Featured by All That’s Archaeology ~ 15th May 2011

Featured by All Things Egyptian ~ 26th May 2011

Top Ten in It’s What Moves MeBoats ~ 1st June 2011

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