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Diversity of Ships
The variety of ships
What drives the ship?
Ships of ancient times
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Diversity of ships

The watercraft is arguably the most significant of man's inventions.  It was the first vehicle, allowing people to travel down rivers across lakes and seas and eventually the ocean.  The evolution of ships and boats is a fascinating process, which has resulted in a great diversity of types.
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The variety of ships and boats

Discover why there have been so many different types over the ages, and learn about the great diversity of ships today. Find out why the different types of ships evolved, how they became important and, in many cases, extinct.
 Steam powered passenger ship
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Queen Elizabeth and sail boat  What drives the ship?

The evolution in propulsion, from paddles, oars and wind to steam and most recently diesel, has seen many inventions and innovations. Discover the different ways of driving ships, how they evolved and, in some cases, died out.
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Ships from ancient times

Access the latest thinking on the first water craft. See how craft evolved, through the use of trees, reeds, and hides to the ships of the middle ages that could sail around the world
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Sailing ship 'Christoforo Columbo'  The great age of sail

Learn how the sailing ship was refined to become one of the finest machines ever built, and how it helped establish world trade as we know it today. Find out why there were so many different rigs and what each of them was best suited to do.
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Ships in the steam age

Discover how steam gradually took over from sail. Learn why different types of steamships evolved for different trades, and how steam and later diesel engines allowed highly specialised ship types to develop
  Querimba in dry dock
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'Vindafjord' ro-ro cargo ship  Ships of today

Discover why today there are more different types of ships than there have ever been. Find out how each type contributes to carrying the world's trade in ways that are more efficient than those that have gone before.
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