Probe is launched to find out if Hammersmith and Fulham council’s coat of arms is racist

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Slave vessel or Viking warship? Probe is launched to find out if Hammersmith and Fulham council’s coat of arms is racist because it features a black ship

  • Hammersmith and Fulham council’s coat of arms features a black ship
  • The Labour-run council will investigate whether it has racist connotations
  • Thought a horseshoe symbol could commemorate a 17th-century slave trader 

A coat of arms featuring a black sailing ship could be changed if a probe discovers it depicts a slave vessel, a council has revealed.

Hammersmith and Fulham council’s coat of arms depicts the arrival of Vikings in the borough in 879AD – but some fear it could actually represent a slave ship. 

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