Skip to comments.WTC Ship Gives Up Lucky Coin
Posted on 09/10/2010 7:06:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Lucky coin? Ever since the 2nd century B.C. -- not long after Romans began minting coins -- shipbuilders have been slipping a coin into the structure of their ships. It's a tradition that continues today. In fact, the USS New York -- made partially from steel recovered from the World Trade Center towers -- did it as well (see "What is Stepping the Mast?").
For the ancient Romans it was likely a continuation of religious customs. Now it's just a tradition and done for good luck.
So we didn't find it during the five days we were actually excavating it. However, one of my curators did find it between the stern knee and the stern post while we were cleaning the timbers.
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wuddaya mean “gives up?”
I’m not sure what is meant by the “stern knee”. The stern post is scarphed into the keel upon which is fitted the deadwood. Perhaps the knee refers to vestigal deadwood for smaller vessels. However, this join would be a good place for a coin. It would not be disturbed, except for a major rebuild. The mast step, on the other hand, would expose the coin every time that the mast was replaced or reset.
so, you don't think it can be leveraged for political capital?
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