Here is an article on ancient Egyptian ships, from 1500 BC. This would have been after Calista, in the novel, but about the time of Tiglat.
“Inside they found a network of larger rooms and an assortment of nautical items, among them ropes, a wooden bowl, and a mesh bag. She also found two curved cedar planks that were probably the steering oars on a 70-foot-long ship from Queen Hatshepsutâ€™s famous 15th-century b.c. naval expedition to Punt, a trade destination somewhere in the southern Red Sea region. Buried in sand outside the second cave, Bard found a piece of rope still tied in what she believes is a sailorâ€™s knot. â€œIt must have come from a ship,â€ she says. â€œIt couldnâ€™t have been used for anything else.â€ Fragments of pottery scattered near the artifacts date to Egyptâ€™s early 18th dynasty, circa 1500 b.c., around the time Hatshepsut reigned.”