"In June of 1817 President Monroe took a very extensive journey through the States, visiting all the fortifications ... He was conveyed up the Delaware from Wilminton to the navy-yard in Philadelphia in a barge of the Franklin. The barge was lined and trimmed with crimson velvet, and rowed by sixteen oarsmen, dressed in scarlet vests, white sleeves and trousers." -Abbot, 1902

Monroe's Barge

"In June of 1817 President Monroe took a very extensive journey through the States, visiting all the…

A Norse Ship of the tenth century.

Norse Ship

A Norse Ship of the tenth century.

An instrument for rowing boats.

Oar

An instrument for rowing boats.

A Roman boat

Roman Boat

A Roman boat

A Roman Galley with three banks of oars.

Roman Galley

A Roman Galley with three banks of oars.

The Swiss Family Robinson in their tub-boat from Johann David Wyss' novel.

Swiss Family Robinson

The Swiss Family Robinson in their tub-boat from Johann David Wyss' novel.

Any ship propelled primarily by man-power, using oars. Most galleys also use masts and sails as a secondary means of propulsion.

Venetian Galley

Any ship propelled primarily by man-power, using oars. Most galleys also use masts and sails as a secondary…

A warship is a ship that is built and primarily intended for combat. Warships are usually built in a completely different way than merchant ships. As well as being armed, warships are designed to withstand damage and are usually faster and more maneuverable than merchant ships. Unlike a merchant ship, a warship typically only carries weapons, ammunition and supplies for its own crew (rather than merchant cargo). Warships usually belong to a navy, though they have sometimes been operated by individuals or companies.

English and Spanish Warships, 1588

A warship is a ship that is built and primarily intended for combat. Warships are usually built in a…