The royal ship of Cheops, Khufu ship
The oldest, largest, and best-preserved vessel from antiquity, the Cheops ship was found accidentally during the course of a clearance excavation at the Great Pyramid at Giza in 1954. It is a 43 m barge that was reassembled and today is on display in a dedicated museum above the place where it was found.
The ship was almost certainly built for Khufu (King Cheops) and was meant to carry the dead pharaoh with the sun god Ra across the sky. Hence it is sometimes called Cheops "solar barge" or "Khufu ship".
Since 2009 the excavation of a second solar barge at Giza has begun.
The Khufu ship model, photos, description and dimensions
The finely worked, detailed ship model was built to
plans by Paul Lipke, "The royal ship of Cheops : a retrospective account
of the discovery, restoration and reconstruction / Based on interviews
with Hag Ahmed Youssef Moustafa", National Maritime Museum, Greenwich,
Archaeological Series No. 9, 1984, ISBN 0860542939.
model can be lifted from the stand, e.g. for transport. It is 1 : 50 scale.
Length is 81 cm, width 18 cm, height 21 cm.