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Description of EgyptNotes and Views in Egypt and Nubia$
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Edward William Lane

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9789774245251

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774245251.001.0001

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Ordinary circumstances of the Voyage up the Nile.†

Ordinary circumstances of the Voyage up the Nile.†

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(p.215) Chapter XVII. Ordinary circumstances of the Voyage up the Nile.
Source:
Description of Egypt
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Jason Thompson

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774245251.003.0018

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

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