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Ordinary circumstances of the Voyage up the Nile.<sup>†</sup>

Jason Thompson

in Description of Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9789774245251
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970160 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774245251.003.0018
Ordinary circumstances of the Voyage up the Nile.†

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This chapter discusses the ordinary circumstances of the voyage of the author up the Nile. The author hired a moderate-sized boat called a ckan'geh (or ckan'jeh). It was navigated by seven men, who had to find their provisions at their own cost; and the Reilyis (or captain) was bound by a written agreement. The author had with him two servants; a Nubian and an Egyptian: the latter was his cook. When the wind failed (which was seldom the case, and it was more seldom adverse) his crew were always ready to tow the boat; four or five of them at a time performing this arduous work, and each successively coming on board again to rest, while another took his place; the Rei'yis being always at the helm, sitting on the roof of the cabin.

Keywords: Nile; ckan'geh; Reilyis; Nubian; Egyptian

Chapter.  4992 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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