Skip to comments.Centuries after Jason mythed the boat, another team has a go
Posted on 05/27/2007 9:23:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Shipbuilders with handmade tools and methods used long ago are re-creating the Argo, the legendary vessel of Jason and the Argonauts. "It's extremely laborious work," said builder Stelios Kalafatidis in the small port of Volos. "We don't have large, proper, modern tools, only our hands and wooden mallets and chisels." ...The Naudomos Institute, a group of shipbuilders and historians heading the project, is using ancient Greek tools and techniques to build the new Argo. Once the ship is ready, they plan to retrace the mythical journey. The team had to ignore everything they knew about modern boatbuilding and use the same wood and tools used by Jason's warriors more than 3000 years ago... The three modern-day builders say they could use some divine help in recreating the 14th-century BC vessel. In 15 months of hard work, they have built only a quarter of the 28-metre ship. Wooden pegs and wedges hold together the frame and planks. In ancient times the gaps between the planks were caulked with resin, but the modern builders have mixed the resin with glue to preserve the ship for future generations. Whole trees were used to build the hull, said project director Apostolos Kourtis, who searched for days in the same forests as Jason's men to find long, straight trees for the purpose... For the design, the new builders pieced together images from ancient vase paintings, frescoes and references to ships from around the same period, gathered from museums and libraries worldwide.
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Apostolos Kourtis shows off a model of the Argo, which was believed to be used by Jason's warriors more than 3000 years ago.
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Posted on 07/25/2004 10:54:47 PM EDT by SunkenCiv
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a handsome ship.
(From the looks of the model, they're going to need a whole bunch of volunteers)
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