A cable layer is a deep-sea vessel designed and used to lay underwater cables for telecommunications, electricity, and such. A large superstructure, and one or more spools that feed off the transom distinguish it.
A Chinese junk fishes in the harbor near Hong Kong. Junks have covered decks, lugsails, and long rudders, but no keel.
Viking ships, because of their shallow draft, were able to successfully navigate rivers and streams that many other vessels could not.
A cog (or cog-built vessels) is a type of ship that first appeared in the 10th century, and was widely used from around the 12th century on.
Fishing vessels called caravels first appeared in Spain and Portugal in the 13th century.
Although developed as a warship, the galleon proved to be a fast and able sailer with a large cargo capacity.
In the 17th and 18th centuries the East India companies of western Europe devoted themselves to exploiting the wealth of South and Southeast Asia...
The most revolutionary development in ship propulsion was nuclear power, first used in the submarine USS Nautilus in 1954.
Minesweepers detect and clear, or sweep, explosive underwater mines so that ships can pass safely. They measure 57 m (188 ft) long and carry a crew of 45.
Naval architects are exploring the use of multiple hulls-instead of having one large hull, ships might have two or three hulls connected to...
Commissioned in 1798, the Constitution fought in 1803 and 1804 in the Tripolitan War (1801-1805).
Two paddle wheel steamboats race each other down the Mississippi. A common sight throughout the 1800s and early 1900s, steamboats...
The Clermont was the first steamboat built in the United States and the first commercially successful steamboat in the world.