the bow of the old Egyptian sailing vessel stood the "look
out" to take soundings, and, with fender in hand, to guard
against collision. The captain stood amidships, and the man
who was in charge of the steering paddle at the stern.
speed was of greater importance than comfort to the people of
old Egypt, vesse;s of this type, propelled by sixteen oarsmen,
who kept stroke but sat looking forward and not backward as
in modern boats, wereused on the Nile.
Wonders of the Past