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.Know More
The first ships to be called clippers were made in Virginia and Maryland, and they were used to escape from pursuing British vessels. Later, they were used in the war of 1812.
Before 1812, ships that were referred to as clippers were used for trade and commerce by the British and the Americans. Later the Dutch and the French made these clippers to galvanize their sea trade with their colonies.Learn more about Vehicles
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 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 >
The lowest deck on a ship is called the orlop deck (pronouned "or·lop"). It lies above the space at the bottom of the hull. The term is most often used for a ship that has four or more decks.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 >