EXCLUSIVE ROUND TRIP ON A ROMAN SHIP
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THAT EXTRA HISTORICAL TOUCH TO YOUR CRUISE? THEN BOOK THE ROMAN SHIP TO COMPLETE YOUR OUTING!
- This cruise is ideal for children.
- Dogs are welcome on board!
- With a little help, our passengers who have a little less mobility can also get on board
- Unfortunately, this tour cannot continue in extremely bad weather
- From :
- € 16.50
New is the offer of cultural-historical canal trips on the Utrecht canals in a replica of a Roman ship from the second century AD.
You will sail around the old center of Utrecht in 45 minutes, and experience 2000 years of Utrecht history and architecture, accompanied by a professional guide on board.
History comes to life for young and old through the combination of sailing on a unique ship, the fascinating stories of the guide and an expedition map: from Romans to Hoog Catharijne. The electric motors allow you to float silently over the water.
The original of this ship can be seen in Castellum Hoge Woerd in De Meern. For more information about this crown jewel, go to www.museumhogewoerd.nl.
Background information Roman ship
This ship was discovered in 1997 in Leidsche Rijn and excavated six years later. It was about three meters deep and has been preserved by the clay soil, it has been reconstructed and originally put into service in Woerden under ‘Per Mare Ad Laurium’ (PMAL) and is now called ‘De Meern 1’ (it is for Dutch shipwrecks to be named after the place where they were found).
The ship sank sometime in the late second century AD, presumably by a storm. In terms of construction, it is remarkably slender and has a beautifully rising stern. This made it highly maneuverable and could therefore be used on more difficult navigable river sections. Given these characteristics and the tools found in the ship, it may have been a maintenance or supply vessel used to keep quays and riverbanks in order. Given the signs of wear, the ship may have been in service for 40 to 50 years before it sank”” (Municipality of Utrecht & De Kam, n.d.).
The Roman ship is electrically powered, 25 meters long, 2.70 meters wide and has room for 32 guests.
Municipality of Utrecht, & De Kam, R. (n.d.). Roman ships – The construction of Utrecht. Construction of Utrecht. Retrieved on March 3, 2022, from http://www.bouwhistorischutrecht.nl/project/romeinse-schip/