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Roman Ship Captain
(Revelation 18.17b-18)
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"Every sea captain, and all who travelled by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, 'Was there ever a city like this great city?'" (Revelation 18.17b-18)

Alexandrian Sailing Ships

Alexandrian Sailing ShipThe kings, the merchants, and now every Roman Ship Captain uttered their lament over Rome. John of Patmos was no doubt recalling a similar picture of the fall of Tyre in Ezekiel 27.28-30, where Ezekiel explained, "The shorelands will quake when your sailors cry out. All who handle the oars will abandon their ships; the mariners and all the sailors will stand on the shore. They will raise their voice and cry bitterly over you; they will sprinkle dust on their heads and roll in ashes."


OstiaRome was not situated upon the sea coast but twenty miles inland to the northeast. Its port was called Ostia, set back from the sea at the mouth on Rome's principal river, the Tiber. The merchandise of the world flowed from ocean going ships into Ostia and then to Rome. It was little wonder that the captain and the sailors lamented, for all the trade which brought so much wealth was now gone.

"Roman Ship Captain"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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