Roman Merchant Ship (circa 50 AD)

A ship miniature at The Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia, May 10, 2009

The Miniature Ships of August F. Crabtree – Merchant ships like this carried grain, wines, oils, cloth, and passenger throughout the vast empire. Steering oars on each side of the hull were the equivalents of a rudder, used to guide the ship.

The Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia, May 10, 2009

Mariner’s Museum website

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