As of January 2015, historians and archaeologists do not know when the very first individual ship was built. However, it is known that the ancient Egyptians were able to create watercraft with hulls using wooden planks and sails as early as 3000 BC.
Because the first vessels that met the criteria of being a ship were built so long ago, it is unlikely that the first particular ship will ever be known. The oldest ship that has been discovered by archaeologists is the wreck of the Uluburun, an Egyptian vessel found off the coast of Turkey that dates back to 1300 BC.Learn More
The rear of a ship, or any marine vessel, is called the "stern." When someone on a boat is moving towards the stern, that person is going "aft." A boat going backwards is going "astern."Full Answer >
The first true clipper was invented in 1812 by John W. Griffiths. A clipper is a sailing ship that is shaped aerodynamically so that it clips through water at great pace. It has a narrow build, a square rig and multiple large sails to help propel it through the water.Full Answer >
A carved figure mounted on a ship's bow is called a nautical figurehead. In the early days of seafaring, when wooden ships sailed the seas, carved figureheads depicting women were also known as "Neptune's wooden angels."Full Answer >
The average cruise ship weighs from 20,000 to 60,000 tons, though cruise ship weights are usually calculated using gross registered tons. One GRT is equal to 100 cubic feet of enclosed revenue-earning space within the ship. On the GRT scale, modern cruise ships have an average weight of 100,000 GRT.Full Answer >