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
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.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 steering wheel of a ship is called the "helm." The term "helm" is also used to indicate the area of the ship where the steering wheel is located.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 >