They also experimented with ice-hulled ships-- the ice was strengthened with sawdust. Look it up-- it's real. "pyrocrete" I think it was called.<quoted text>
You know that in WWII they made concrete ships. If a concrete ship can float, I bet a barge made of wood can too.
Ancient building tools would not have permitted the high precision needed to keep the hull-planks from leaking, plank-to-plank.
A **wooden** boat that **long**? Would twist under each and every wave-- just enough to open the seams, and let the water come boiling in... like...
.... a flood.
... poor Noah sunk like the bankrupt dreams of Mitt The Twitt Romney.