History

Events

Prehistory and ancient time

10000 BCE

10,000BCE:First boats include rafts, skin, hide and bark boats, kayaks, and dugouts

Prehistory and ancient times

5000 BCE - 3000 BCE

Mesopotamian sailors invent sails 3000 BCE ancient Egyptians make the first boats from wooden planks

Prehistory and ancient times

2500 BCE

Minoans and Mycenaeans become the first great ocean

Middle ages

300

vikings invent clinker building

Middle Ages

1200

The central rudder starts to replace the "steerboard"

Middle Ages

1400 - 1600

Most large ships are wooden built ans sailed powered, and include cogs, carracks, galleys, and galleons

The Great age of shipping

1777

First iron hulled boat is built (in England)

The great age of shipping

1877

English inventor John Thornycroft patents an early form of the hovercraft based on a floating lily pad

The Great Age of Shipping

1900

Regular "packed shipping" services are established, sailing to timetables. Fast clipper ships set sailing records

Modern ships

1900

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

Modern Ships

1943

Marine gas turbine engines are used for the first time

Modern ships

1992

US Navy scraps the last of it's giant battleships, USS Missouri