First boats include rafts, skin, hide and bark boats, kayaks, and dugouts.
Mesopotamian sailors invent sails.
Ancient Egyptians make the first boats from wooden planks.
Vikings invent clinker building.
The central rudder starts to replace the "steerboard."
Most large ships are wooden-built and sail powered, and include cogs, carracks, galleys, and galleons.
First iron-hulled boat is built (in England).
Marquis d'Abbans(1751-1832) builds the first steamboat.
Regular "packet shipping" services are established, sailing to timetables. Fast clipper ships set sailing records
Wealthy people enjoy the romantic, luxurious age of ocean travel onboard liners such as the Maurentania, Lusitania, and Aquitania.
Enrico Forlanini invents the hydrofoil. Telephone pioneer Alexander Graham Bell also plays a part in its development.
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 over 1500 people.