Our Boat Timeline

Events

Mespotamian

5,000 BCE - 3,000 BCE

Mesopotamian sailors invent sails.

The first boats

3,000 BCE

Ancient Egyptians make the first boats from wooden planks.

First Great Ocean Navigators

2,500 BCE

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

Clinker Building

300

Vikings invent clinker building.

Replacement of steerboard

1,200

The central rudder starts to replace the "steerboard."

First Submarine (Made out of wood)

1,620

Cornelis Drebble builds the first submarine from wood.

First Iron-Hulled Boat

1,777

First iron-hulled boat is built (in England).

The First Steamboat

1783

Marquis D'Abbans (1751-1832) builds the first steamboat.

First Modern Propellers are made

1,836

Modern propellers are invented (independently) by Francis Pettit Smith (1808-1874) and John Ericsson (1803-1889).

Titanic

1912

A "practically unsinkable" luxury liner called Titanic secures a place in history as the most famous ocean catastrophe of all time when it hits an iceberg and sinks, killing of over 1500 people.

Germans Make Snorkel

1930 - 1939

Germans develop the snorkel, a breathing tube that allows diesel engines in submarines to operate underwater, reducing the risk of detection.

Marine Gas Turbine Engines

1943

Marine gas turbine engines are used for the first time.