Arts and crafts kit for a Roman cargo ship
This arts and crafts kit for a Roman cargo ship was designed with loving attention to detail facilitates the playful passing on of information and teaches a lot about the construction and function of these transport ships.
The Roman cargo ship as the backbone of Roman trading
If you ask somebody to tell you the most important reasons for the strength and stability of the old Roman Empire, they will first mention the military superiority of its legions, or the form of government of emperor and the senate. The real reasons happen to be overlooked. The active trade inside the vast empire and the adjoining countries played a considerable role. Without it, the empire would never have been able to support its high population and the enormous military juggernaut. Many goods and supplies had to be transported across the empire in a cheap and quick manner. The Roman cargo ships were able to go right through the Mediterranean Sea, thereby significantly reducing transport distances and transportation time.
- Scale 1:100
- Size of the ship L 26 cm x W 12 cm x H 22 cm
- 3 sheets of construction paper
- Level of difficulty: medium
The tough drudge of the fleet with a lot of details
By using this arts and crafts kit you can assemble the model of such a cargo ship with many fine elements. The kit is geared to the original, as can be seen by the compact design of the model. A typical feature of Roman cargo ships was the – at that time revolutionary – square rig, each skirt had one. A smaller headsail boosted speed as well as maneuverability of the ship. This model shows, as the historical Roman cargo ships did, a mast penetrating the roof deck and connecting to the keel, which provided better stability. The short but bulgy hulk provided a generous cargo hold which did not interfere with the maneuverability at sea.
A vivid history lesson – pocket sized
Due to the light construction and high level of detail of this model, a lot about the shape, function and construction of Roman cargo ships can be learned. Bring a part of nautical history home and be inspired by the fascinating historic seafaring.
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