Boat Project

Events

First Boats

10,000 BCE

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

Sails

5000 BCE

Mesopotamian sailors invent sails

Science of Flotation

300 BCE

Archimedes figures out the science of flotation

Clinker Building

300

Vikings invent clinker building.

Central Rudder

1200

The central rudder starts to replace the "steerboard."

First Submarine

1620

Cornelis Drebble builds the first submarine from wood.

Iron-Hulled Boats

1777

First iron-hulled is built.

First Composite Ship

1850

English shipbuilder John Jordan makes probably the fist composite ship by adding wooden-plank cladding over an iron framework.

First Hovercraft

1877

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

Snorkle

1930

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.

USS Nautilus

1955

US Navy launches first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus.