Also in this case the general design of this ship shows both similarity and differencies with the contemporary Type I boats.
This boat has a flat hull with raised, curving extremity to left, vertical post with slight projection at base to right.
Post surmounted by horizontal element, from which hangs banner-like device.
They made a boat exclusively from papyrus, an aquatic plant which can be found near water areas of Greece ( as well as on the river Nile in Egypt). The "papyrela" could easily travel from Lavrion to Milos. It has also been proven that men in the Greek prehistoric period could travel by sea using natural material offered by the domestic world of Greece and also using simple techniques such as the one of straw mats.
Evidence for ship construction in Aegean Bronze Age comprises 358 catalogue entries, these being 44 models, 173 linear representations (wall paintings, vase paintings, incisions) and 141 glyptic images.
Crete provides over 55 per cent of the catalogue, the islands and the mainland less than 25 per cent each.
Whereas the Minoan material is spread out over a timespan of a millenium (2500-1500 BC), the Cycladic documents are concentrated to the Early Cycladic II period, and to the site of Akrotiri in Late Minoan IA, while the mainland sees a scattering of inconsequential evidence down to the final phases of the Bronze Age, when a slight increase becomes manifest.
Above craft, animal (goat) and man holding weapons in both hands (right: knife? Also the cords or beams hanging bellow the fish symbol might conceivably act as some sort of wind catching element.
Note the waves shown as spirals, indicative of the orbital motion of real sea waves.
Based on the general shape of the hull this boat could be identify as a precursor of the Type IThis clay model from Palaikastro Crete dated around 3000 BC is also one of the early representation of Type I Aegean ship.
In this model the hull terminates at one in a lofty vertical or nearly vertical post, while the other, with no upright fixture at all, trails of into horizontal extension at the waterline.
The Aegean were not the only trading ships at sea, of course, (*1) but they were among the most active and adventurous.