The Blackfriars boat, artist's reconstruction
This is a reconstruction of a Roman ship which archaeologists found in the
River Thames near Blackfriars Bridge. Its cargo of stone was still on
board. From pottery evidence archaeologists think it probably sank in the
third century AD. It might have been bringing stone into Londinium to use
in building the city walls.
The people who built this ship put a coin under the mast to bring good
luck. The coin shows Fortuna, the goddess of good luck, holding a ship's