For decades, Victorian tourists managed to travel ‘A Thousand Miles Up the Nile’ using traditional Nile boats. In their writings, those travellers, such as Amelia Edwards, included detailed accounts of their trips and the boats they used. It was not until the end of 19th century that this mode of travel was changed by Thomas Cook, giving access to these once far away and exotic lands, to the average Victorian, and ushering the world into the era of mass tourism. This change directly affected boatbuilding traditions on the Nile; shapes, sizes and material of Nile boats were modified to accommodate the Western taste. This presentation will look at the famous Dahabeah boats and its evolution during the 19th century.

Join Ziad Morsy as he takes us on a journey into the changes in Nile travel during the British Victorian period.

Ziad Morsy is an Egyptian maritime archaeologist and Ethnographer who, for the last 10 years, has dedicated his research and studies to the changes in boatbuilding traditions on the Nile. Ziad obtained a master’s degree in Maritime Archaeology from Alexandria University in 2016 and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Southampton. He is a member of several maritime archaeological missions across the Eastern Mediterranean region. His latest project is TradEGY (Egyptian Traditional Riverine Tangible and Intangible Heritage Rescue Project). Ziad currently lives in Alexandria, Egypt, where he is a visiting assistant lecturer at the Alexandria centre for Maritime Archaeology, Alexandria University.

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