Explorers Club: Cleopatra's Needles-The Lost Obelisks of Egypt
Date(s) - 03/13/2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Explorers Club
In the 19th century three massive obelisks left Egypt bound for Paris, London, and New York. The engineers entrusted with transporting “Cleopatra’s Needles” had to invent new methods to transport these granite monoliths, and it was far from certain that they would succeed.
It took the French four years to lower, transport and erect their obelisk. The London obelisk was lost at sea and six brave men lost their lives attempting to transport it to England. When Lt. Commander Henry Gorringe brought New York its obelisk, he was forced to sail in an unflagged ship that, while at sea, could have been seized by any nation
In this lecture, Bob Brier tells how obelisks were quarried and raised in ancient Egypt and then recounts the remarkable adventures involved in bringing the three obelisks across oceans to their new homes. The lecture will be followed by a signing of his new book, Cleopatra’s Needles: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt.