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The Coin Ceremony is an event which takes place at the keel laying, in the early stages of a ship's construction. In it, the shipbuilders place one or two coins under the keelblock of the new ship to bless the ship and as a symbol of good fortune.[1][2] The coins are not normally fixed in place and are often retrieved when the ship sails out of the dry-dock,[3] (although they are sometimes welded to the keel).[4]

The Mast Stepping ceremony is a similar event which occurs towards the end of a ship's construction, and involves the placing of coins underneath the mast of a ship. In shipbuilding today, the coins are normally welded beneath the radar mast.[5]

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  1. ^ QM2 at maritime matters:see July 4th 2002 retrieved 25th October 2009
  2. ^ Gold Bulletin: Gold coin used in traditional maritime ceremony Friday, 9th May 2008, retrieved 25th October 2009
  3. ^ The Northern Advocate:Keel ceremony milestone in patrol boat construction Mike Dinsdale, 24th March 2006
  4. ^ [Oceania Cruises:OCEANIA CRUISES AND FINCANTIERI COMMENCE CONSTRUCTION OF MARINA] March 7, 2009
  5. ^ US Navy press release: Crew of New Multimission Destroyer Honors Namesake in Mast Stepping Ceremony 17th July 2009, retrieved 25th October 2009

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