Ship Name

Blackfriars Ship (150 AD)

Type

Plank boat

Origins/Provenance

River Thames

Era

Ancient/Medieval (to 1350)

Year Launched

150

Home Waters

Thames and English Channel

Function

Commercial

Displacement (tons)

50

Length (feet)

45

Beam (feet)

21

Draft (feet)

5

Primary Propulsion

Wind/Sail

Historical Note

Found by Peter Marsden under the Thames River in 1962. Used for transporting stone from Belgium. Planking of oak laid carvel-style, secured with nails; no keel.

Related Images

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Rendering of plank boat dating from 150 AD found in Thames in 1962
Image Id: 1913 I
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Rendering of a reconstructed plank boat of the 150 AD era.
Image Id: 1914 I

Related Source

Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia (1997)