Monday, October 10, 2011

Interesting facts on Ships and Boats

Ships & Boats

* The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

* The world's oldest surviving boat is a simple 10 feet long dugout dated to 7400 BC. It was discovered in Pesse Holland in the Netherlands.

* Rock drawings from the Red Sea site of Wadi Hammamat, dated to around 4000 BC show that Egyptian boats were made from papyrus and reeds.

* The world's earliest known plank-built ship, made from cedar and sycamore wood and dated to 2600 BC, was discovered next to the Great Pyramid in 1952.

* The Egyptians created the first organized navy in 2300 BC.

* Oar-powered ships were developed by the Sumerians in 3500 BC.

* Sails were first used by the Phoenicians around 2000 BC.


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