Archive Results For: Antiquity

A Bronze Age Anchor

By H. H. Brindley

Excavations undertaken during the years from 1924 on in Malta revealed a number of objects whose form justifies their classification as anchors. The small anchors, suspected to be votive objects, date back to the Bronze Age and not later than 800 BC. After that period, it is possible to find numerous other examples of anchors […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology

Early Chinese Ships and Trade

By Ivon A. Donnelly

The origin of Chinese vessels is obscure but similarities with Nile vessels suggest western influence. The first historical mention of a Chinese vessel is in 331 BC. Roman and Chinese accounts document trade between the Near East and China before AD 500. After AD 622 Chinese navigation expanded with many vessels trading throughout the Indian […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | Pacific | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Archaeology | Miscellaneous

Some Forgotten Chapters in Naval History

By Gregory Robinson

As the title of the article above indicates, this is a rather whimsical and “tongue in check” historical account of the affairs of man in early Naval history. It can also be taken as a parody on early English vs. continent naval events as well as a “dig” at naval historians. The article is a […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | English Channel | North Sea | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Miscellaneous | Navies | Science & Exploration | Weapons

The Navigators of the Indian Ocean Prior to the Era of European Dominion

By G.A. Ballard

This paper advances the hypothesis that seafaring first evolved in the Indian Ocean; factors include the abundance of fish off its shores, the expertise of the stargazers of the east, the regularity of the monsoon and the geographical configuration of the ocean. An account is given of the development of Arabian and Chinese trade routes. […] Read More

Filed under: Prehistory | Antiquity | Medieval | Other (Early Modern) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship

Naval Museums Part VI Germany

By H. Szymanski

Berlin has a number of important collections which include models of 17c Dutch warships, Prussian coasters and inland traders, Egyptian and Eastern vessels, together with engravings and plates. The museums of Nuremburg, Munich, Lubech, Bremen, Hannover and Hamburg have ship-models from Egypt to the “Preussen”, and pictures of snows, schooners brigs and coasters. Bremen also […] Read More

Filed under: Prehistory | Antiquity | Medieval | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Leisure & Small Craft | Merchant Marines | Navies | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Ship Models & Figureheads

The Dress of the British Seaman Part I

By G.E. Manwaring

British sailors, in Roman times, wore, poetically, blue or azure leather. The sea-kit of the Cinque ports was a blue woolen tunic.   Chaucer’s 14c seamen preferred blue or brown serge knee-length gowns; still seen recently amongst West Country fishermen.   Cotes, jacketts and doublets, gowns, shirt, hose and shoes were provided to crew.   Tudors liking for […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Antiquity | Medieval | Early Modern | Health at Sea | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Art & Music | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Navies

Development from Log to Clipper Part III

By D. D. Kirkaldy Willis

The dugout rather than the raft may be the predecessor of planked ships.   Predynastic Egypt used craft made of papyrus, ambatch, rush and acantha. Egyptian amphorae have ships, rowers and punters pictured; monuments and sarcophagi have larger sailing craft. The Phoenicians were, of political necessity, consummate navigators and traders; exploring from Malabar to the Baltic […] Read More

Filed under: Prehistory | Atlantic | Antiquity | Baltic | Other (Twentieth C) | Mediterranean | Indian Ocean | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Leisure & Small Craft | Merchant Marines | Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design

Wicker Vessels

By R. Morton Nance

The coracle is over-emphasised. In the time of the Romans, Venetian planked boats may have traded to Britain. However, the locals, as Pliny remarks, used hide-covered osier-framed sea-going boats rather like the umiak, that can hold over twenty Eskimos.   The Irish, oared, sea-fishing curragh is a survivor of the type still in ordinary use in […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Antiquity | English Channel | Medieval | Irish Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Merchant Marines | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

Development From Log to Clipper Part II

By D. D. Kirkaldy Willis

Skin boats were used where vegetable material was lacking; in the Artic and desert Arabia. Rush canoes were built of bullrushes or papyrus around the Pacific, Africa, the Persian Gulf , Peru and Bolivia.   Coracles or circular baskets from the Tigris and Nile were made large enough to transport horses. Another development was rafts, sometimes […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Prehistory | Baltic | Antiquity | Other (Twentieth C) | Indian Ocean | Other (location)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design

Development from Log to Clipper Part I

By D. D. Kirkaldy Willis

The details of the evolution from floats to craft by primitive man are lost in the dark glass of the distant past. Floats included coconuts, drift logs, shaped logs and bundles of rushes.   Primitive boats comprised dug-outs, bark and skin canoes, rush-boats and coracles. The dugout was hollowed out by mussel shells or adze alone; […] Read More

Filed under: Prehistory | Atlantic | Antiquity | Baltic | Other (Twentieth C) | Indian Ocean | Other (location)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

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