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Ancient Ships: The Ships of Antiquity


Welcome to The Ships of Antiquity, get  ready to take a journey through time that has taken 6000 years to create. The seagoing ship is the vehicle chosen  for this journey. 

The inspiration for these pages is mankind's intrepid spirit to explore and conquer his environment. Equal inspiration has been derived from  the tools and technologies mankind  has used to travel the globe by sea.

"The Ships of Antiquity"   is dedicated to the ancient artisans who recorded the ships from their cultures on artifacts that have survived in the archeological record.


Egyptian Petroglyph  Winkler   
Eastern Desert   site ED 1  
Date estimated 3500BCE

Without the artisans  who recorded  the seafaring activities of their times we would have a much smaller window to look into the lives of the Ancients Mariners and the influence seafaring has had on trade and culture. 

I would like to give credit  to modern influences for inspiration on how to organize this information. This credit  goes to the Archeologists and Historians whose interest in keeping their discoveries in chronological order. Chronologies have been at the forefront of  modern scientific investigation and many new insights.

Ceremonial Vessel made of Gold and electrum from Egypt. The ship became central to the cosmology of the Egyptians

These pages are organized in chronological order with the earliest record of ships being first. The commentary is designed to be a historic overview with the purpose of introducing some yet unanswered questions and to present some theories to stimulate your thinking. 

The Ships of Antiquity pages are the outgrowth of the work I did on the  Ark of the Covenant. Personally I have studied art and art history as part of my classical training since I took my first art lessons.

My research and studies on the Ark pointed my attention to two key areas of study, the first was to determine the world view and politics of the Hebrew court at the time of Solomon. The second was to determine what Solomon's navy must have looked like.

Solomon's alliance with Hyram of Tyre and the Queen of Sheba  indicated the success of many of his trading associations were based primarily on trade agreements with two major seafaring nations. Tyre and the coastal Levant cities to the northeast of Israel were trading throughout the  Mediterranean with Chittim and Tharshish.  Sheba which occupied the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa controlled the sea lanes south and east to Ophir. The curiosity of what Solomon's navy might have looked like lead me to study and look at the iconography of the ship in ancient times. 

The rest is history, or so the saying goes, the pages Ships of Antiquity are dedicated to the artisans from each culture who recorded ships on the artifacts they created and have given us a window into the nature of ancient seafaring even where written accounts are lacking.

After all is said and done a picture is still worth a thousand words.

As you look through the pages of this document enjoy your magic carpet ride through time.

   —Chester Comstock

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