African slaves jumping the slave ship in order to obtain freedom.

A Dash for Liberty

African slaves jumping the slave ship in order to obtain freedom.

A ship on the acrostolium of which hangs a shield, an emblem of the mercantile and warrior city of Tyre.  On the vessel stands Astarte, holding a palm branch in her left hand and a scepter in her right and directing two boys on the ship.

A Ship

A ship on the acrostolium of which hangs a shield, an emblem of the mercantile and warrior city of Tyre.…

"Nautical-with ends pointing upward. Image: Man-of-war with Yards a-cockbill."-Whitney, 1902

A-cockbill

"Nautical-with ends pointing upward. Image: Man-of-war with Yards a-cockbill."-Whitney, 1902

"The stern of a ship, also the gunwale of a ship, the extremity of a ship's beak."-Whitney, 1902

Acrostolium

"The stern of a ship, also the gunwale of a ship, the extremity of a ship's beak."-Whitney, 1902

An airship or dirigible is an aircraft that can be steered and propelled through the air using rudders and propellers or other thrust. Unlike other aerodynamic aircraft such as fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, which produce lift by moving a wing through the air, aerostatics aircraft, such as airships and hot air balloons, stay aloft by filling a large cavity, such as a balloon, with a lifting gas.

Cable Air Ship

An airship or dirigible is an aircraft that can be steered and propelled through the air using rudders…

"The sinking of the <em>Alabama</em>."&mdash;E. Benjamin Andrews 1895

Alabama

"The sinking of the Alabama."—E. Benjamin Andrews 1895

The U.S. Sloop of War <em>Alert</em>.

Alert

The U.S. Sloop of War Alert.

Naval battle between an American ship and an Algerine corsair.

Capture of an Algerine Corsair

Naval battle between an American ship and an Algerine corsair.

The anchor used by the ancients was for the most part made of iron and its form... resembled that of the modern anchor." &mdash; Anthon, 1891

Anchor

The anchor used by the ancients was for the most part made of iron and its form... resembled that of…

An anchor is an object, often made out of metal, that is used to attach a ship to the bottom of a body of water at a specific point.

Anchor

An anchor is an object, often made out of metal, that is used to attach a ship to the bottom of a body…

Anchor and Tackle used to raise and lower it.

Anchor and Tackle

Anchor and Tackle used to raise and lower it.

"A narrow flat-bottomed fishing-boat having an outrigger, much used in Annam" (Vietnam). -Whitney, 1911

Annam

"A narrow flat-bottomed fishing-boat having an outrigger, much used in Annam" (Vietnam). -Whitney, 1911

"The yard of a ship. The ships of the ancients had a single mast in the middle, and a square sail, to raise and support which a transverse pole, or yard, was extended across the mast, not far from the top. To the two extremities of the yard, ropes were attached, which passed over the top of the mast, and thus supported the yard: these ropes were called ceruchi. Sometimes the yard had two, and at other times four ceruchi, as in the annexed cut." &mdash; Smith, 1873

Antenna

"The yard of a ship. The ships of the ancients had a single mast in the middle, and a square sail, to…

"The yard of a ship. The ships of the ancients had a single mast in the middle, and a square sail, to raise and support which a transverse pole, or yard, was extended across the mast, not far from the top. To the two extremities of the yard, ropes were attached, which passed over the top of the mast, and thus supported the yard: these ropes were called ceruchi. Sometimes the yard had two, and at other times four ceruchi, as in the annexed cut. When a storm arose, or when the port was obtained, or before an engagement, the antenna was lowered to the middle of the mast. From numerous representations of ships on antique coins, intaglios, lamps, and bas-reliefs, we here select two gems, both of which show the velata antenna, but with the sail reefed to the one, and in the other expanded and swollen with the wind." &mdash; Smith, 1873

Antenna

"The yard of a ship. The ships of the ancients had a single mast in the middle, and a square sail, to…

"The yard of a ship. The ships of the ancients had a single mast in the middle, and a square sail, to raise and support which a transverse pole, or yard, was extended across the mast, not far from the top. To the two extremities of the yard, ropes were attached, which passed over the top of the mast, and thus supported the yard: these ropes were called ceruchi. Sometimes the yard had two, and at other times four ceruchi, as in the annexed cut. When a storm arose, or when the port was obtained, or before an engagement, the antenna was lowered to the middle of the mast. From numerous representations of ships on antique coins, intaglios, lamps, and bas-reliefs, we here select two gems, both of which show the velata antenna, but with the sail reefed to the one, and in the other expanded and swollen with the wind." &mdash; Smith, 1873

Antenna

"The yard of a ship. The ships of the ancients had a single mast in the middle, and a square sail, to…

"Called also navis aperta, a ship which had no deck but was merely covered with planks in the front and hinder part, as is represented in the following cut. The ships which had decks were called cataphracti. At the time of the Trojan war the Greek ships had no decks, but were only covered over in the prow and stern." &mdash; Smith, 1873

Aphractus

"Called also navis aperta, a ship which had no deck but was merely covered with planks in the front…

"An ornament of wooden planks, which constituted the highest part of the poop of a ship. From the representations of two ancient ships annexed, we see the position of the aplustre. It rose immediately behind the gubernator, who held the rudder and guided the ship, and it served in some degree to protect him from the wind and the rain." &mdash; Smith, 1873

Aplustre

"An ornament of wooden planks, which constituted the highest part of the poop of a ship. From the representations…

Greek <em>aplustria</em>, or stern ornament.

Aplustria

Greek aplustria, or stern ornament.

"At that time the only species of navigation known to the Greeks consisted of small boats or canoes hollowed out from trunks of trees, so that when Jason employed Argos to build him a vessel capable of containing fifty men, it was considered a gigantic undertaking." &mdash;Bulfinch, 1897

Building the Argo

"At that time the only species of navigation known to the Greeks consisted of small boats or canoes…

"Athena (Minerva) superintending the building of the Argo." &mdash; Smith, 1882

Athena and Argo

"Athena (Minerva) superintending the building of the Argo." — Smith, 1882

US Navy ship: Atlanta.

Atlanta

US Navy ship: Atlanta.

"The horizontal angular distance between two meridians. <em>Magnetic A.</em> the horizontal angular distance of the magnetic from the geographical meridian. <em>A. compass</em>; a variety of ship's compass." &mdash; Williams, 1889

Azimuth

"The horizontal angular distance between two meridians. Magnetic A. the horizontal angular…

"Sectional view of diving bell and barge, employed on the River Clyde. All the appliances are worked by steam, rendering manual labour unnecessary. A is the Bell, which is raised and lowered by means of the Chain and Steam Winch B. c c are Seats within the Bell; d d, Footboards. E, Air-pipe entering the Bell at f, the air being supplied by Air-pump G driven by the Engine H. J is a Steam Crane for raising or lowering material. K K, Steam Winches for working moorings and shifting position of the barge." -Hill, 1921

Barge with Diving Bell

"Sectional view of diving bell and barge, employed on the River Clyde. All the appliances are worked…

"A Bark, or Barque, is a three-masted vessel of which the foremast and mainmast are square-rigged, but the mizzenmast has fore-and-aft sails only."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Bark

"A Bark, or Barque, is a three-masted vessel of which the foremast and mainmast are square-rigged, but…

A three masted vessel, with the foremast square rigged, and the mainmast and mizzemast fore and aft rigged.

Barkantine

A three masted vessel, with the foremast square rigged, and the mainmast and mizzemast fore and aft…

The modern ship- or goose-barnacle after removal of the right valve.

Ship Barnacle

The modern ship- or goose-barnacle after removal of the right valve.

"The Common Barnacle, <em>Lepas anatifera</em>, perhaps the best-known example of the order, generally selects floating objects for this purpose, and frequently covers the bottoms of ships to such an extent as to even impede their progress through the water. It adheres by a flexible stalk, which possesses great contractile power. The shell is usually composed of two triangular pieces on each side, and is closed by another elongated piece on the back." &mdash; Goodrich, 1859

Barnacles

"The Common Barnacle, Lepas anatifera, perhaps the best-known example of the order, generally…

Japanese Imperial Navy Tatsuta battlecruiser launched in 1918. One of the first ships to be armed with triple torpedo tubes. Tatsuta's was designed to go at a top speed of 36 knots, or 41 mph.

Japanese Imperial Navy Tatsuta Battlecruiser

Japanese Imperial Navy Tatsuta battlecruiser launched in 1918. One of the first ships to be armed with…

A U.S. Navy Omaha class battlecruiser launched in 1920. The top speed of the cruiser is 35 knots (40 mph). The ship was powered by steam.

United States Navy Omaha Class Battlecruiser

A U.S. Navy Omaha class battlecruiser launched in 1920. The top speed of the cruiser is 35 knots (40…

"These vessels (destroyers and Flotilla leaders) gradually increased in size and power, and war requirements continually added to the weights which they had to carry... In fact, some of the ships which before the war were 900 ton vessels, exceeded 1,000 tons towards the end. The introduction of the geared turbine added enormously to the efficiency of the machinery and propellers." &mdash;Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1922

British Royal Navy Destroyers and Flotilla Leaders Battleship

"These vessels (destroyers and Flotilla leaders) gradually increased in size and power, and war requirements…

German Navy Battlecruiser, SMS Hindenburg. The ship was launched in 1915, and used during World War I.

Hindenburg German Navy Battleship

German Navy Battlecruiser, SMS Hindenburg. The ship was launched in 1915, and used during World War…

"Half-section of the battleship 'Rhode Island'"&mdash;Finley, 1917

Half-section of a battleship

"Half-section of the battleship 'Rhode Island'"—Finley, 1917

A 1912 British navy battleship Iron Duke class. Battleships in this class is operated by steam and have 12 6 in. guns protected by 6 in. armor.

Iron Duke Class British Battleship

A 1912 British navy battleship Iron Duke class. Battleships in this class is operated by steam and have…

"Four battle cruisers were launched in 1915, but they had not been completed up to 1921. On a displacement of 32,200 tons, with a length of 750 ft., 12 14 in. and 24 5 in. guns and 6 torpedo tubes were to have been carried, turbine engines of 66,000 H.P. being estimated to give a speed of 27 knots. The side armour had a maximum thickness of 12 inches." &mdash; Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1922

Russian Navy Battleship

"Four battle cruisers were launched in 1915, but they had not been completed up to 1921. On a displacement…

"A Binnacle, corrupted from bittacle, a wooden case or box in which the compass on board a ship is kept to protect it from injury."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Binnacle

"A Binnacle, corrupted from bittacle, a wooden case or box in which the compass on board a ship is kept…

"Burning of the American merchantman "Harvey Birch," of New York, Captain Nelson, in the British Channel, by the Confederate Steamer "Nashville," Captain Peagrim, November 17th, 1861. On the 17th of November, 1861, the "Harvey Birch," a splendid New York vessel of 1,480 tons and valued at $150,000, was on her way from Havre to New York in ballast, commanded by Captain Nelson, with officers and crew, all told, twenty-nine men. In latitude 49.6 north, longitude 9.52 west, she was brought to by the Confederate steamer "Nashville," and boarded by an officer and boat's crew, who took the crew of the "Birch" on board the "Nashville," robbed the vessel of everything valuable, and then set fire to it, the commander, Peagrim, watching her destruction from his own deck." &mdash; Frank Leslie, 1896

Harvey Birch

"Burning of the American merchantman "Harvey Birch," of New York, Captain Nelson, in the British Channel,…

An illustration of a dredging boat (right) and a derrick (left). A derrick is a lifting device composed of one mast or pole which is hinged freely at the bottom. It is controlled by lines (usually four of them) powered by some means such as man-hauling or motors, so that the pole can move in all four directions.

Dredging Boat and Derrick

An illustration of a dredging boat (right) and a derrick (left). A derrick is a lifting device composed…

Boarding the ship.

Boat trip

Boarding the ship.

Boarding the ship.

Boat trip

Boarding the ship.

Checking tickets.

Boat trip

Checking tickets.

On the boat.

Boat trip

On the boat.

Luggage on deck.

Boat trip

Luggage on deck.

Lost luggage.

Boat trip

Lost luggage.

Found birdcage.

Boat trip

Found birdcage.

Bell.

Boat trip

Bell.

Family relaxes on deck chairs.

Boat trip

Family relaxes on deck chairs.

A group of Greeks rowing a boat.

Greek boat

A group of Greeks rowing a boat.

"The masts were usually taken down when the vessel arrived in port, and raised again when it was about to depart." &mdash; Anthon, 1891

Greek boat

"The masts were usually taken down when the vessel arrived in port, and raised again when it was about…

A small row boat with row locks.

Row Boat

A small row boat with row locks.

A German passenger steam ship.

Steam Boat

A German passenger steam ship.

Adrian Block and his companions on Manhattan Island buidling a vessel.

Boatbuilding on Manhattan Island

Adrian Block and his companions on Manhattan Island buidling a vessel.

The Boston Tea Party - Destruction of the Tea in the Boston Harbor

The Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party - Destruction of the Tea in the Boston Harbor

The Boston Tea Party, protesting the English tax on tea.

The Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party, protesting the English tax on tea.

A boy playing with his toy ship.

Boy and Ship

A boy playing with his toy ship.

A sailing vessel with two masts rigged like the foremast and mizzen-mast of a full-rigged ship.

Brig

A sailing vessel with two masts rigged like the foremast and mizzen-mast of a full-rigged ship.

"A Brig, (contracted from brigantine), is a vessel with two masts, square-rigged on both."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Brig

"A Brig, (contracted from brigantine), is a vessel with two masts, square-rigged on both."—(Charles…

"Brigantine: a square-rigged vessel with two masts and fore and aft mainsail." &mdash; Williams, 1889

Brig

"Brigantine: a square-rigged vessel with two masts and fore and aft mainsail." — Williams, 1889

"Brig, a sailing vessel with two masts rigged like the foremast and mizzen-mast of a full-rigged ship." -Vaughan, 1906

Brig

"Brig, a sailing vessel with two masts rigged like the foremast and mizzen-mast of a full-rigged ship."…

An illustration of a Brigantine sailing ship.

Brigantine

An illustration of a Brigantine sailing ship.

Brooklyn, a US navy ship.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn, a US navy ship.