Lusoria Rhenana set to sail in Germany

A group of Roman history enthusiasts in Germany have constructed a replica of a Roman military riverboat. The Lusoria Rhenana is scheduled to take her maiden voyage in the summer of 2011 near Woerth-am-Rhein.

The oar and wind-powered riverboat was constructed of oak and patterned after 4th century wrecks discovered in the Rhein River. "We aim to see what it was like to actually use such a boat," said Professor Christoph Schaefer of the University of Trier.