The Timeline


Prehistory and Ancient Times(First Boats)

10000 bce - 5000 bce

First boats include rafts, skin, hide and bark boats, kayaks, and dugouts


5000 bce - 3000 bce

Mesopotamian sailors invent sails

Ancient Egytians

3000 bce - 2500 bce

Ancient Egyptians make the first boats from wooden planks

Minoans and Mycenaeans

2500 bce - 1500 bce

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

Middle Age (Vikings)

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

Modern Age (Wealthy People)

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

The Titanic

1912 - 1930

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 iceburg and sinks, killing over 1500 people


1930 - 1943

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