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A ship is a large scale waterborne vehicle.


The first ships were built between 6,000 and 5,000 years ago in Mespotamia, Egypt and India. Early ships were intended either for riverine or coastal operations, rarely going into the open ocean. Early ships were constructed from wood and typically propelled by a combination of sails and oars, with the former eventually superseding the latter. Later designs were better capable to traverse the open ocean, first in Asia and later in Europe. During the Industrial Revolution several major changes of ship construction happened, ships construction shifted from wood to metal while propulsion shifted from sail to engines.

Types of Ships

  • Galley
  • Trireme
  • Viking Longship
  • Junk
  • Treasure Junk
  • Dhow
  • Cog
  • Caravel
  • Carrack
  • Galleass
  • Galleon
  • Cargo ship
  • Container Ship
  • Tanker

See Also