The use Square Sails by Egyptian–Travel was easy and brought an revolution in nautical science
Posted by seshdotcom on January 19, 2009
The Egyptian Science of travelling in the sea was little bit Surprising and the technology they invented was very useful and the Travel south to north in Egypt was always easy because that is the direction in which the Nile River flows. But north to south travel was slow and cumbersome until a clever boatman had a brainstorm(A Very Clear Understanding)and after that he planned of a thing and attached a large square of fabric (mostly linen) to a yard(a horizontal pole) that was attached to a mast(Mast- -A Vertical Stout rounded Pole to support the Sails)near the front of his Nile boat. This sail caught the prevailing north-to-south winds and propelled his boat upriver. Square sails are very inefficient if conditions require much steering and tacking (sailing on a zigzag into the wind) Tacking in natical theory means —a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind. But since the Nile is relatively straight, calm, and the Egyptians found it very easy to navigate,Egyptian sailors saw no need to improve much upon this invention of their Square Sails—This was also told to be one of the Greatest invention in BC season. The little steering that was required needed only a steering pole or the use of slender steering oars. The square sail served them well for thousands of years.
After reading this I certainly felt that the Egyptians were the masters of Nautical Science with their groundbreaking implementation.And as of now the basic shape of all square sails originally Orginated from those ancient Nile Square Sail boats
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