by H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times
August 7, 2021
CARIO – Egyptian officials announced on Saturday that Pharaoh Khufu’s ship, Egypt’s oldest and largest wooden boat, has been painstakingly relocated from its long-time home near the Giza pyramids to a nearby museum.
The Solar Boat, a 4,600-year-old vessel, was relocated to the neighboring Grand Egyptian Museum which is set to open later this year. The cedarwood boat, which is 138 ft long and weighs 20 tons, was transported to its new home in 48 hours.
According to Atef Moftah, supervisor general of the GEM project, the boat was delivered in a single piece inside a metal cage carried on a remote-controlled truck imported specifically for the operation.
One local resident, Djedefra Radjedef, who was dressed for the occasion in historic garments remarked with awe “It has been sometime since the vessel was last seen moving, an amazing sight. The Pharaoh would be impressed.”
The vessel, unearthed in 1954 at the Great Pyramid’s southern corner, has been on display in the Giza Plateau’s vessel museum for decades. Egypt claims that when the Grand Egyptian Museum, which has been under development for the past 17 years, will open, it will house more than 100,000 antiquities.