A ship of Columbus' time.

1400's Ship

A ship of Columbus' time.

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 anglo-Confederate steamer <em>Anglia</em>, captured off Bull's Bay, twenty-five miles north of Charleston, S. C., by the United States gunboats <em>Restless</em> and <em>Flag</em>, Sunday, October 19th, 1862."&mdash; Frank Leslie, 1896

Anglia

"The anglo-Confederate steamer Anglia, captured off Bull's Bay, twenty-five miles north of…

An illustration of the Spanish Armada. In etymological origin, armada is a Spanish word meaning "armed" in the feminine form. It is used in many Spanish-speaking nations as the title of the national naval force.

Armada

An illustration of the Spanish Armada. In etymological origin, armada is a Spanish word meaning "armed"…

An illustration of the Spanish Armanda. The Spanish Armada was the Spanish fleet that sailed against England under the command of the Duke of Medina Sidonia in 1588, leading to the Drake-Norris Expedition of 1589, also known as the English Armada.

Spanish Armada

An illustration of the Spanish Armanda. The Spanish Armada was the Spanish fleet that sailed against…

"Laying the Atlantic Cable. In 1866, a previous attempt in 1858 having failed, a telegraphic cable was laid upon the bed of the Atlantic between America and Europe. This cable was followed by others; but a closer connection between the United States and the Old World than any effected by the telegraph is formed by the constant passage back and forth of people. With the close of the war, immigration, which had suffered a check, increased rapidly. From 1871 to 1880 nearly three millions, and from 1881 to 1890, more than five millions, of people migrated to the United States. During the present decade, up to 1897, three millions of immigrants have swelled the population of the century. From 1789 to 1894, a period of one hundred and five years, the United States has absorbed an alien population of about eighteen millions."&mdash;Scudder, 1897

Atlantic Cable

"Laying the Atlantic Cable. In 1866, a previous attempt in 1858 having failed, a telegraphic cable was…

A ship with three masts, without a mizzen top mast.

Bark

A ship with three masts, without a mizzen top mast.

Or Barque, a three-masted vessel of which the foremast and mainmast are square-rigged, but the mizzenmast has fore-and-aft sails only.

Bark

Or Barque, a three-masted vessel of which the foremast and mainmast are square-rigged, but the mizzenmast…

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 Battle by the Ships" &mdash; Gayley, 1893

Battle Ships

"The Battle by the Ships" — Gayley, 1893

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…

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…

Benedict Arnold escaping capture by George Washington's forces on the Hudson River.

Escape of Benedict Arnold

Benedict Arnold escaping capture by George Washington's forces on the Hudson River.

The Great Seal of the State of California. The seal shows Eureka with a bear cub. In the background are mountains and ships.

Seal of California

The Great Seal of the State of California. The seal shows Eureka with a bear cub. In the background…

The seal of Carolina above two ships.

Carolina

The seal of Carolina above two ships.

Fight between Clayborne and the St. Mary's ship.

Clayborne Fight

Fight between Clayborne and the St. Mary's ship.

The Clermont

Clermont

The Clermont

Commodore Perry at the Battle of Lake Erie

Commodore Perry at the Battle of Lake Erie

Commodore Perry at the Battle of Lake Erie

"Burning of the Confederate gunboats, rams, etc., at New Orleans and Algiers, on the approach of the Federal fleet." &mdash; Frank Leslie, 1896

Burning of Confederate gunboats

"Burning of the Confederate gunboats, rams, etc., at New Orleans and Algiers, on the approach of the…

The Constitution engaging two British ships, the Cyane and Levant.

The Consititution Capturing the Cyane and Levant

The Constitution engaging two British ships, the Cyane and Levant.

"The naval crown is a golden circle surmounted with sterns and square sails of ships, placed alternately."&mdash;Aveling, 1891

Naval Crown

"The naval crown is a golden circle surmounted with sterns and square sails of ships, placed alternately."—Aveling,…

The space between two piers for ships; dry-dock for repairing vessels.

Dock

The space between two piers for ships; dry-dock for repairing vessels.

An illustration of a dry dock, a narrow basin or vessel that can be flooded to allow a load to be floated in, then drained to allow that load to come to rest on a dry platform. Dry docks are used for the construction, maintenance, and repair of ships, boats, and other water craft.

Dry Dock

An illustration of a dry dock, a narrow basin or vessel that can be flooded to allow a load to be floated…

Embarkation of Christopher Columbus at Palos.

Embarking

Embarkation of Christopher Columbus at Palos.

"Panoramic view of the Federal fleet passing the forts of the Mississippi, on its way to New Orleans, LA., April 19th, 1862. The bombardment of the forts lasted six days, commencing on Friday, April 18th, and practically closing on the 24th, when Flag Officer Farragut passed up with his fleet, Captain Bailey, in the <em>Cayuga</em>, leading. First Division- Captain Bailey commanding: <em>Cayuga, Pensacola, Mississippi, Oneida, Varuna, Katahdin, Kineo, Wissahickon, Portsmouth</em>, towed by <em>J. P. Jackson</em>. Second Division- Flag Officer Farragut commanding: <em>Hartford, Brooklyn, Richmond</em>. Third Division- Captain Bell, commanding: <em>Scioto, Iroquois, Pinola, Itasca, Winona, Kennebec</em>. On Friday, April 25th, at twenty-two minutes past one, this magnificent fleet brought up before the renowned city of New Orleans in battle array. A flag of truce was immediately dispatched by Flag Officer Farragut, demanding an immediate and unconditional surrender." —Leslie, 1896

Federal fleet

"Panoramic view of the Federal fleet passing the forts of the Mississippi, on its way to New Orleans,…

This painting by J. William Turner is a prime example of the style and technique that he often used. The piece was exhibited in 1839 and can now be found in the National Gallery in Washington D.C.

Fighting Temeraire

This painting by J. William Turner is a prime example of the style and technique that he often used.…

A Spanish galleon was used during wars and during discoveries of the Pacific Coast

Galleon

A Spanish galleon was used during wars and during discoveries of the Pacific Coast

The Great Eastern laying the Atlantic Cable.

The Great Eastern

The Great Eastern laying the Atlantic Cable.

"The Great Harry, the First Famous Ship of the English Navy, built in 1512."&mdash;Scudder, 1897

Great Harry

"The Great Harry, the First Famous Ship of the English Navy, built in 1512."—Scudder, 1897

Gulliver brings in the drifting boat.

Gulliver

Gulliver brings in the drifting boat.

Gulliver takes the enemy's fleet, the Blefuscudians, and victoriously drags them into the royal port of Lilliput crying, "Long live the most puissant Emperor Lilliput!"

Gulliver in Victory

Gulliver takes the enemy's fleet, the Blefuscudians, and victoriously drags them into the royal port…

"Engagement between the United States gunboats, commanded by Commodore Davis, and the Confederate Mosquito Fleet, under Commodore Tatnall, near Fort Pulaski, Savannah River, January 28th, 1862. Our artist described this spirited sketch as follows: 'On Monday night Lieutenant Barnes was dispatched in the <em>Ottawa's</em> gig to scout up the creek and report. Passing the piles with ease, he pulled silently up the stream with muffled oars, and with no opposition succeeded in reaching the mouth of the creek where it enters the Savannah River. He came upon the fleet of Tatnall lying there, and approached near enough to see the watch on deck. As he was too near them in case they discovered him, and as he had accomplished the object of reconnoisance, he returned and reported the facts to Captain Davis. On Tuesday forenoon Tatnall's fleet was again discovered standing down the Savannah. We beat to quarters, and when the flagship had got within range we opened on her with an eleven-inch gun from the <em>Ottawa</em>. The signal for action having been given, the gunboats opened fire. The Confederates returned a few shots, which fell short. The engagement lasted nearly two hours, during which time the Confederate Flagship was struck three times, seriously damaging her. One eleven-inch shell struck her on her wheelhouse, and so much disabled her as to compel the commander to signal for assistance, and one steamer turned round and went to her aid. The other three steamed down toward Fort Pulaski faster than they ever went before.'" &mdash;Leslie, 1896

Gunboat engagement

"Engagement between the United States gunboats, commanded by Commodore Davis, and the Confederate Mosquito…

Types of the 188 gunboats authorized in 1809.

Types of the 188 Gunboats Authorized in 1809

Types of the 188 gunboats authorized in 1809.

View of the camp of the twentieth Indiana Regiment; also of Fort Hatteras and the anchorage at Hatteras inlet, N.C. This camp, was formed when Federal troops occupied the island. It first recieved Colonel Bendix and his German regiment. On their return to Newport News it was taken possession of by the Ninth Zouaves; who vacated it upon the arrival of the Twentieth Indiana Regiment, October 5, 1861, the Ninth removing to Camp Wool.

Fort Hatteras

View of the camp of the twentieth Indiana Regiment; also of Fort Hatteras and the anchorage at Hatteras…

Henry VIII embarking at Dover, May 31, 1520

Henry VIII embarking at Dover

Henry VIII embarking at Dover, May 31, 1520

Scene from the story, "The Wreck of the Hesperus."

Hesperus

Scene from the story, "The Wreck of the Hesperus."

The sinking of the Alabama by the Union Kearsarge. Some Confederates aboard the Alabama escaped to England aboard the nearby British yacht Deerhound.

Kearsarge Sinking the Alabama

The sinking of the Alabama by the Union Kearsarge. Some Confederates aboard the Alabama escaped to England…

Magellan's ship that sailed around the world.

Magellan

Magellan's ship that sailed around the world.

A pole set upright in a boat or vessel, to sustain the sails, yards, rigging, etc.

Mast

A pole set upright in a boat or vessel, to sustain the sails, yards, rigging, etc.

The Mayflower

Mayflower

The Mayflower

The Merrimac sinking the Cumberland.

Merrimac

The Merrimac sinking the Cumberland.

Famous Stalemate between the Monitor and Merrimac.

Moniter and Merrimac

Famous Stalemate between the Monitor and Merrimac.

Sailors on the monkey-yard of a ship.

Monkey-yard

Sailors on the monkey-yard of a ship.

The romantisit, J. William Turner, was famous for his drawings of landscapes. In this painting he drew the city of Nantes in Italy.

Nantes

The romantisit, J. William Turner, was famous for his drawings of landscapes. In this painting he drew…

Passage of the second division of the Federal Squadron past Fort St. Philip. On April 24, 1862 at three o'clock in the morning, the greater part of Commodore Farragut's squadron passed the forts through one of the most terrible fires ever known. It consisted of five sloops of war and nine gunboats. The mortar flotilla and eight war steamers remained below, thus putting the forts between two fires, and cutting off all communication with New Orleans. General Duncan surrendered the forts unconditionally to Captain Porter, on Monday, April 28. There were found about seven hundred men in each fort.

The Great Naval Battle of the Mississippi

Passage of the second division of the Federal Squadron past Fort St. Philip. On April 24, 1862 at three…

First day's bombardment, Federal Schooners off Forts Jackson and St. Philip, commanding the passage of the river. The Federal offensive force consisted of six sloops of war, sixteen gunboats and twenty-one mortar vessels. These were accompanied by a large number of storeships, tenders, etc. On the 18th of April, they anchored three miles below Forts Jackson and St. Philip, and prepared for active operations. Captain Porter, commanding the mortar flotilla, wishing to ascertain their range before his actual attack, stationed the <em>Arietta, John Griffiths<em> and <em>Orvetta<em> about two and a half miles from the forts. The <em>Arietta<em> fired the first shot, to which Fort Jackson replied. The Confederate shots fell short more than fifty yards every time, while the effect of our shells on the fort was such that after two explosions the enemy retired from their barbette guns, and afterward only used those in the casemates.

The Great Naval Battle on the Mississippi

First day's bombardment, Federal Schooners off Forts Jackson and St. Philip, commanding the passage…

View of New Amsterdam in 1656.

View of New Amsterdam, 1656

View of New Amsterdam in 1656.

View in a New England shipyard.

New England Shipyard

View in a New England shipyard.

New Orleans levee.

New Orleans levee

New Orleans levee.

A view of the New York City hall and docks in 1679.

New York City Hall and Docks in 1679

A view of the New York City hall and docks in 1679.

The Nina, a ship that came to America with Columbus

Nina

The Nina, a ship that came to America with Columbus

The 13-star "Betsy Ross" flag of the United States of America.

Old Glory

The 13-star "Betsy Ross" flag of the United States of America.

A boat of Sumatra and the Malay archipelago, with from one to three masts, generally two, carrying square sails, and having much overhang or prejection at both stem and stern.

Pindjajap

A boat of Sumatra and the Malay archipelago, with from one to three masts, generally two, carrying square…

The Pinta, a ship that came to America with Columbus

Pinta

The Pinta, a ship that came to America with Columbus

Pirates of the eighteenth century at their cave.

Pirates

Pirates of the eighteenth century at their cave.

Port Eads, Louisiana, is located at the southern tip of the Mississippi River, also known as South Pass in Plaquemines Parish. It is the southern most point in Louisiana.

Port Eads

Port Eads, Louisiana, is located at the southern tip of the Mississippi River, also known as South Pass…

An illustration of an entry port with ships in a town.

Port with Ships in Town

An illustration of an entry port with ships in a town.

A proa boat with outrigger. Very swift and agile.

Proa

A proa boat with outrigger. Very swift and agile.