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2640 BC ship of an early Pharaoh or Prince in Egypt
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Carved hedgehog at prow and steering oars aft. Luxury cabin amidships.
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Fourth Dynasty Royal Ship

Year: 2670 BC
Category: Ancient
Vessel Type: Merchant Ship
Scale: 1/8" = 1 foot
Overall Length: 77 feet

Passenger ships and royal ships of the 4th Dynasty were under sail and paddle power. The deck planking near the sides of the ship were removed and the paddlers sat on the deck beams. The hedgehog on the prow remains a mystery to scholars. We know nothing of the symbolic importance of the hedgehog in Egypt, and all explanation is pure conjecture. A common thought among Egyptologists is that a live or dead hedgehog was strapped to the prow of ships in the pre-Dynastic era to "dispel the terrors of the river" and that early Dynastic shipbuilders carved a wooden hedgehog on the prow to be in keeping with this idea and to honor the pre-dynastic peoples they had displaced.

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Location and Hours

1775 State Route 39
Sugarcreek, Ohio   44681
(330) 852-6096
Current Hours:
Starting January 3rd for the winter season we we do not advertise open hours because while we are usually open we close at a moment's notice due to weather or due to our display change work within the exhibit which may cause us to be unavailable. Our winter hours are unpredictable but if you have interest in scheduling a private tour please call to arrange one. Our number is 330-852-6096. There is no extra charge for a private tour. Regular admission rates apply. Carver Dave will likely be your tour guide!


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