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Anton Ryzbak26 Jul 2018 12:41 p.m. PST

My good friend, the Housemartin, has posted a review and build of the Sarissa 28mm Roman Merchant Ship. He was suitably impressed with the product link


IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2018 4:37 p.m. PST

An excellent report! Thanks for sharing it.

Come In Nighthawk04 Nov 2018 5:50 a.m. PST

I had envisaged the one w/ the swan's head… This would be more a "medium tonnage" I guess? Why does it not have a forecastle though?

Anton Ryzbak04 Nov 2018 12:22 p.m. PST

These are the Sarissa kit straight from the manufacturer, I know very little of Roman civilian shipping, so I can'r speak to the design. They do look rather low in the water for sea-going voyages.

Come In Nighthawk05 Nov 2018 8:06 p.m. PST

I am inclined to think its inspiration was the "Blackfriars I" ship or "barge," excavated in Londinium in the early 1960s -- and dated ca. 200 A.D.

Anton Ryzbak13 Nov 2018 6:45 a.m. PST


Now that I think about it I recall a Time Team episode where they were excavating one in Belgium that was pretty close to this. Just a working boat, nothing fancy

Come In Nighthawk13 Nov 2018 7:08 p.m. PST

Yes, Anton -- but "working boats" make the world go round, eh??!!

Dang-it, I miss "Time Team!" Not available here "across the pond!" frown

Anton Ryzbak13 Nov 2018 9:35 p.m. PST

I subscribe to Acorn TV just for Time Team, there is a horrible Time Team America; don't spend the time looking for much less watching it

Come In Nighthawk18 Nov 2018 6:33 a.m. PST

Saw how this model was used as a "river craft" in the "Fall of the Roman Empire" game @ "Fall In! 2018." May have to get one or two!

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