Vessels known to exist for 10,000 years, and can be called vessels. But as we know, many centuries later ships were introduced. Around 3,000 years ago, sailing ships like Ancient Egypt started exploring broader regions. Seafarers and ships were built, some of them helping build the Great Pyramids. During this time, the first seaports were built.
The building of these vessels was using wood and other natural materials. Various sizes and building styles have been developed. Just around 1,300 years B.C. was this. When the first ships hulled had been invented.
Due to the activities of Greeks and Phoenicians, navigation has evolved further, as ships had to navigate large areas like the Mediterranean region. The Chinese have meanwhile built their own model of ships with steering rails and waterproof compartments.
A century A.D. was used to carry huge ships with a size of 1,000 people and several hundred tons of goods. Vessels with up to seven masts were made by the Asians and the Greeks. Trading ports have been developed which have led to international trade, as we know to be established today.
During the following centuries, several countries around the globe developed naval fleets. The compass was not invented yet, and celestial navigation methods were still used. Around the 13th century, the compass was introduced.
It is fair to say that before the Renaissance, maritime transport was primitive but various civilizations could still create fleets. In reality, many countries depended on shipping. Among them were the Vikings and the Byzantines.
In the 14th century, the wagons and knarrs were traditional boats. A century later, the Portuguese introduced the caravel. In the 15th century the port of exhibition and the predictory were introduced to the vessels, and in the 16th century they are characteristic of galleons.
In the construction of boats, Europeans and Asians were fairly equal. Japanese manufactured the first iron-clads. A first blinding ship was soon developed that was used for warfare. Crossing the oceans, African and Arab merchant ships strengthened the relationship of trade between distant nations. Business roads have been set up.
Around the 15th century, China was the largest fleet of ships. In the meantime, Portuguese explorers could find continental seas. Ships have continued to expand and the 700-ton mark has been quickly surpassed.
After the discovery of America, several new trade routes were established and ships from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean soon sailed. In the middle of the 17th century Australia and New Zealand were reached and James Cook would build a map in the 18th century of Polynesia. Next to fishing boats and commercial vessels, warships were developed. Canal barges have become iconic and continue to be used extensively today.
The French Navy produced the first heavily armed vessel. A boat was built with over 70 weapons, which soon became an essential part of the defense of Europe. The ship of 56 meters was responsible for almost 3,00 oak trees and 40 kilometres. In the 19th century, as piracy and slave trade came to an end, even more roads were used. Around that time, the Panama and Suez canals were built. The next Industrial Revolution had a great impact on ship design, and ships were used for a number of different activities, including research and firefighting.
The 19th century was a record-breaking time, and in about three weeks those ships could cross the Atlantic which could not be done in the last hundred years. The size and technology of cargo and passenger ships was growing continuously and increasingly advanced.
More than 35,000 commercial vessels are currently in existence around the world. The number of warships is about 1500 but the number of fishing vessels used there has been reasonably estimated. More than four million of them are estimated to be worldwide. It is interesting to say that in the world today there are over 30 million fishermen.
The different types of ships range from military and commercial ships to freshwater and special purpose vessels. Ships of high-speed boats and warships, ships and barges, fishing vessels and trawlers are all types of vessels commonly used. The larger are tankers, bulk carrier firms, container ships, aircraft, ferries, cruise ships, yachts, and special purpose ships, such as science and weather vessels, ice-breakers and warships.