Ships | A short recap

  • Prehistory: Humans build boats and rafts to travel across waterways and seas for fishing and trading purposes.
  • Ancient Times: Civilizations around the world begin building larger and more complex ships for military and trade purposes, including the Greeks, Phoenicians, and Egyptians.
  • Middle Ages: Vikings develop the longship, a fast and agile vessel used for exploration, raiding, and trading.
  • 15th century: European explorers use ships such as caravels and galleons to explore the world, leading to the Age of Discovery.
  • 19th century: The Industrial Revolution leads to the development of iron and steel hulls, steam engines, and propellers, leading to the rise of steamships and paddle steamers.
  • 1912: The sinking of the Titanic, a luxury liner, leads to new safety regulations and practices for ships, including the requirement for enough lifeboats for all passengers and crew.
  • 1914-1918: The use of submarines in World War I leads to significant losses of ships and lives.
  • 1939-1945: Ships play a critical role in World War II, including the use of aircraft carriers, submarines, and landing craft in amphibious invasions.
  • 1950s-1960s: The development of containerization revolutionizes shipping by standardizing cargo sizes and reducing loading and unloading times.
  • 1967: The first supertanker, the Universe Apollo, is launched, capable of carrying over 500,000 metric tons of oil.
  • 1970s-1980s: The development of computerized navigation systems and satellite communications improves ship safety and efficiency.
  • 2000s: The construction of the largest ships in history, including the Emma Maersk and the Prelude FLNG, which is the largest floating object ever built, takes place.

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