A team of UK archaeologists and maritime historians started building this replica sewn-plank boat starting about two years ago.
|Fig. 3 Keel carvers (Van de Noort et al, 2014)|
|Figure 6. Basic hand tools (Bronze) |
Figure 3 also shows the carpenters using a mallet and froe, so I imagine a more complete inventory of Copper/Bronze age tools were available.
|Fig. 5 Keel plates with frame|
|Fig. 10, Cleat system|
|Fig. 13, Yew tie|
This replica, is a beast at 5,500 lbs. The paper linked show 18 oarmen and a coxswain. I doubt double the number would be able to simply lift the boat, waist level. Was a boat this heavy intended for the open sea?
Morgawr: an experimental Bronze Age-type sewn-plank craft based on the Ferriby boats (Van de Noort et al, 2014) [link]
This paper reports on the construction of a full-scale Bronze Age-type sewn-plank boat based on the Ferriby boats. The boat, which was named Morgawr, was constructed in the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth, England, during 2012 and the first months of 2013, as part of a larger exhibition in the museum. This paper provides the background and context of the project, describes the process of building the craft, and reflects in particular on differences between Morgawr and the ‘hypothetical reconstruction of a complete sewn-plank boat’ published in 1990 by Ted Wright and John Coates which formed the basis for this project.