The Timeline


first boats

10,000 bce

the first boats included rafts skin hide and bark.


5,000 bce - 3000 bce

Mesopotamian sailors invent sails

Ancient Egyptians

3000 bce - 2500 bce

Ancient Egyptians make the first boats of wooden planks

Minoans and Mycenaeans

2500 bce - 1500 bce

Minoans and Mycenaeans become the first great ocean navigators, exploring the Mediterranean sea


1500 bce - 27 bce

Greeks build giant warships including biremes and triremes


300 - 1200

Vikings invent clinker building


1200 - 1400

The central rudder starts to replace the "steerboard"

Sail Powered boats

1400 - 1600

Most large ships are wooden-built and sail powered, and include cogs, carracks, galleys, and galleons

Cornelis Drebble

1620 - 1622

Cornelis Drebble builds the first submarine from wood


1900 - 1906

Wealthy people enjoy the romantic, luxurious age of ocean travel onboard liners such as the Mauretania, Lusitania, and Aquitania

Enrico Forlanini

1906 - 1912

Enrico Forlanini invents the hydrofoil. Telephone pioneer Alexander Graham Bell also plays a part in its development


1912 - 1930

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