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History of Ships and Boats
Prehistory and Ancient Times
Mesopotamia sailors invent sails.
5000 BCE - 3000 BCE
Greeks build giant warships, including biremes and triremes.
1500 BCE - 27 BCE
Archimedes figures out the science of floatation.
Vikings invent clinker building.
Most large ships are wooden-built and sail powered, and include cogs, carracks, galleys, and galleons.
1400 - 1600
Great Voyages by Christophor Columbus (1451-1506), Vasco da Gama (1460-1524), Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521), and other pioneer ocean exploration and circumnavigation.
1451 - 1524
The Great Age of Shipping
Robert Fulton sets a record for traveling from New York City to Albany with a steamboat called Clermont.
Great Western, a giant steam-powered ship called built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel becomes the first iron boat to cross the Atlantic.
Sir Charles Parsons invents a highly efficient steam engine called the steam turbine.
Marine gas turbine engines are used for the first time.
US Navy launches first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus
US Navy launches an experimental, radar-invisible stealth boat called the Sea Shadow, based on a SWATH design.
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