Alphabet Wall: X is for Xebec

Now, how cool is this…you learn something new every day! 🙂
With the burgeoning pile of paper boats on DD’s table day after day that’s threatening to rival the opening scene from Troy, I’ve decided to capitalise on her current interest to teach her about a different variant of the generic “boat”. So we are going to be making a model of an eighteenth/early nineteenth century Xebec. Click here to read more about what a xebec is.

You will need the following materials:- Old magazines, blu tack, toothpicks, scissors.

X is for Xebec - materials

1. Cut out one square and two triangles from your magazines. Set aside.  [Here, we decided to make the square sail a bit fancier]…

X is for Xebec - cutouts

2. Fold one sheet of magazine paper into a basic boat shape.
3. Stick three blobs of blu tack on the inside part of the boat, at the front, middle and back.

X is for Xebec - blu tack

4. Carefully, poke a toothpick through each of the square and triangle sheets to make three sails.

X is for Xebec - sails

5. The square sail goes on the front of the boat. Bury the sharp end of the toothpick into the blu tack. Do the same for the remaining two triangle (lateen) sails.

X is for Xebec - completed

Run some water in the bathtub and have fun sailing your very own Xebec!

Definition from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary

Main Entry: xe•bec
Pronunciation: \’zē-,bek, zi-‘\
Etymology: modification of French chebec, from Arabic
Date: 1756
: a usually 3-masted Mediterranean sailing ship with long overhanging bow and stern


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