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Newsletter 53 Queen Hatshepsut’s Ships

Documentary on Reconstructing The Ancient Egyptian Ships.

Newsletter 53 Queen Hatshepsut’s Ships

Some archaeologists doubt the ancient Egyptians could sail the high seas. Bearing in mind the act of travelling on water was a vital part of Egyptian civilisation I wonder where these archaeologists were educated. This excellent documentary shows Queen Hatshepsut’s Ships were indeed able to sail the high seas.

Over 3,000 years ago Queen Hatshepsut  sent a fleet of ships to the distant land of Punt. A bas-relief at her temple, in Luxor, shows the extraordinary treasures that were brought back.

Archaeologist Cheryl Ward sets out to recreate the voyage in a full-size replica of one of these ancient ships, sailing it to the mythical land of Punt.

10 thoughts on “Newsletter 53 Queen Hatshepsut’s Ships”

  1. I loved every moment of it. The building, the making of those cords made of hemp, en that sound= super!!
    Thank you very much!!
    Evelyne from Belgium.

  2. The same for me . Kathryn Bard gave an excellent lecture at our local Egyptian society a few years ago about remnants of boats she discovered near t he red sea.

    Thanks to you this great documentary.
    Arlette from Belgium but living in Toronto Canada.

  3. Dear Dr. Millmore,
    I was fascinated by your ship building video, which demonstrated a modern reproduction of Pharaoh Hatshepsut’s ancient ships and the challenging journey across the seas. As amazing as it was––the journey to the land of Punt was a magnificent feat––yet Pharaoh Hatshepsut was not the first to voyage to the land of the gods. Her position was precarious with the priests who attended the other heir, the child Thutmose III, so it was a brilliant decision to gift them with myhrr and other precious and rare spices needed for their rituals. One error in the text stands out to me. Pharaoh Hatshepsut was the fourth, not the first, woman to claim the role of pharaoh. Before her was Merineith of Dynasty I, Nitocris of Dynasty VI, and Twosore of Dynasty XII. Hatshepsut ruled in Dynasty XVIII, often called Egypt’s Golden Age. Also the video did not deal with the mystery of how the Egyptians dealt with the cataracts. That I do not know, but what I read implied that they actually took the ships across the land to the next level of the Nile. I look forward to viewing your future videos. Dr. P.D. Sargent, author Power Women: Lessons From the Ancient World. Please visit my website,

  4. Absolutely fascinating look back in time to discover that the ancients were skillful masters of their surroundings. The shots of the Min at sea, with its definitive Egyptian outline, was beautiful.

    Many thanks for including the documentary in this edition….I shall treasure it.

    Robert Anderson,
    Palm Springs, California

  5. It was marvelous. I’m writing a Historical Fiction where Hatsheput goes to Punt on just this voyage. She is met by a Black’ Pharaoh with his deformed Queen Eti or Iti. This ‘Pharaoh’ leaves Punt and is not heard of again in my Story.But she is very relevant and I followed what history says of leaving with the Incense and Trees as depicted, as well as what cargo History says she returned to her kingdom with. I’ve also stayed within the ‘unknown consequence of Hatsheput’s departure from history. In my story I imagined a discussion between the two Leaders of Upper and lower Egypt relating to keeping the ‘Priest happy” and the importance of political success and its consequences. Thanks again for this film. 50 years ago I was in the US Coast Guard do air sea rescue. Those sailors were/ARE amazing.

  6. I will simply I enjoy reading about ancient Egypt. I came across your name and information from your newsletter and subscribe now. Thank you for your website Mr. Millmore.

  7. Excellent work Mr. Millmore. As always, you share something that always touches my heart and brings me back to my love of Egypt. Fantastic video. Thank you.

  8. Wonderful wonderful wonderful. I recorded it from a late night BBC showing some years ago and was heartbroken when my hard disk crashed and I lost it. The joy of rediscovering it after endless fruitless searches.

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