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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.
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Common purpose, different means

Ships and boats show an enormous diversity. Unlike almost all other vehicles, they are built individually or in small batches. Find out how this has influenced the way ships are designed.
 Gulf Pride tanker
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Oil tanker  Why are ships so diverse?

Cargoes, ports, owners, designers, builders, changes in technology: explore how all these factors can affect how a ship turns out.

 

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