Phoenician vessels


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Apr 24, 2009
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I have a friend that is trying to find info (a model of eventually) merchant ships that would have travelled the Mediterranean/Red Sea in the time of King Solomon.

I had PM'd Primen (thanks Guido) and here's the response.

Your best bet is to research Phoenician vessels from the year 1000 B.C. The Phoenicians were among the first seafarers in that area, possibly in the world. There's a great 'Conway's History of the Ship' series that might contain some good information. The Egyptians also built sailing vessels at that time, though my impression is they were not as intrepid as the Phoenicians. Here's some links that might help:

If you are involved in a specifically Biblical project, such as Solomon's port at Ezion-Geber or something of that nature, send me a detailed message and I might be able to help you with more specific information. Cheers and Happy Modeling!

Callen Clarke

So with that I thought I'd start a thread to continue the discussion.


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Jun 17, 2014
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Hello all,

I'm the guy in question here asking about this model. Please know that I know nothing about modeling... how does the saying go... "I don't know art, but I know what I like."

The difficult part about my request is that I cannot simply site a type of ship and ask for a model because I do not know the name or type of ship that was used.

This model would represent a part of a story in a play. It would be displayed on a shelf on a wall.

The play takes place in the time of King Solomon. In it there is a seafaring man at the port in Joppa. All the play refers to is that he is planing to sail to Ethiopia. So, the ship is at least capable of traveling the coast from Israel through the Red Sea to Ethiopia. Or, so I presume that they would travel that way... though Ethiopia is land-locked.

Anyhow, in the play there are 3 people looking for a ride, but I do not know if there were passenger ships in that time or if there were just mercantile ships and they wanted to hitch along.

There is no mention in the play on whether the seafaring man is a merchant or where he is from (Israel, Roman, Egyptian, etc.)

That is about all I can think to provide right now. Let me know what y'all think.

Thank you Scott,


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