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Postby aukepalmhof » Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:56 pm

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There is given that the stamp shows us an ancient Mediterranean cargo ship, comparing the stamp with other stamps she looks almost the same as on a Cyprus stamp of 1987, which shows us the replica of the KYRENIAN II. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=16839

So far I can find most probably the Phoenician were the first seafarers which made long trade voyages in the Mediterranean and farther in the Atlantic. They settled in Phoenicia (now Lebanon) circa 3000 BC. And traded in slaves, spices, amber, dyes and perfumes around the Mediterranean and into the Atlantic.
The Phoenician used two types of vessels the “gauloi” or “round ship” for long voyages and the “hippos” which carried a horsehead as figurehead, which were used for coastal voyages.

The vessel on the stamp does not carry a horsehead, so it must be a “gauloi” which was a round and broad vessel, built of wood without the use of metal. A broad-beamed ship that depended principally on sails rather than oars and provided a much larger cargo space than the narrow galleys. Phoenician round ships traveled the Mediterranean and beyond.

One mast with a large square sail. The vessels could not sail at all close to the wind.
There were also a few oars on board for maneuvering in ports, otherwise, the cargo ships used only their sail. For steering, two large oars connected to the stern were used.
The largest round ships could carry up to 450 ton of cargo.

Source: Various web-sites.
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