Specimen of the Week 387: Trader, Raider, Warship: The Gurob Model Boat
By Katie Davenport-Mackey, on 2 August 2019
This blog was written by Edwin Wood, Museum Visitor Services Assistant at UCL Culture.
The Gurob model boat is thought to represent a Mycenaean Galley, a type of vessel used in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Mycenaean Bronze Age, c.1500-1100 BC. This form of ship would have been used primarily in coastal waters, keeping within sight of land and mooring at night. The ship served as a trading vessel, for carrying goods to and from the Hellenic states and their neighbours such as the Hittites and of course, the Egyptian kingdom. It also would have served well as a warship, able to carry warriors for raiding and also equipped with a prow mounted ram for ship to ship engagements.