There is no real way to pinpoint who exactly invented the first ship or the concept of using a boat, but most historians agree that the Egyptians were the first culture to create and regularly use ships in long-distance trade, travel and exploration. Before the Egyptians, early man would lash logs together as a crude raft or hollow out logs for short-distance travel.
While there is no way to know who invented the first ship, the first named ship that historians know about is the Praise of the Two Lands. The Praise of the Two Lands was a large Egyptian ship built under the pharaoh Sneferu around 2600 B.C. and made out of cedar wood.