A ship, or any other object that floats, doesn't sink because it's able to displace an amount of water equal to its weight before it becomes submerged. For example, a ship that weighs 1,000 pounds sinks until 1,000 pounds of water are displaced, and then it floats.Know More
Ships are able to displace enough water to float because they are less dense than water. A ship's density is determined by both the material used to build it, such as wood or steel, and the open spaces within the ship. Because air is so much less dense than water, the combination of steel or wood and air is much less dense than the water below it. In fact, air is so much lighter than water that very little of a boat has to become submerged for it to displace enough water to float. Because of this principle, ships can be built out of materials such as steel that would sink if they were in a solid form.
Ships float because of the upward pressure of the water beneath the boat. This water pressure pushes up on each square inch of the submerged part of the ship and allows it to float on the water's surface.Learn More
When used as a nautical vessel designation, the letters SS stand for steam ship or screw steamer. It was originally used to distinguish a screw steamer from a paddle steamer, which was called a PS.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
Camels are sometimes called "ships of the desert" because of their importance in travel and trade in desert environments. Camel's unique adaptations made them ideal animals for carrying goods and people across long distances, similar to how ships allow people to travel across oceans.Full Answer >
Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg as it was sailing from the United Kingdom to the United States on its maiden voyage in 1912. The ship was the largest passenger ship, luxurious and the most advanced of its time.Full Answer >