What were the first sailing ships?
The Ancient Egyptians are thought to have introduced one of the first types of sailing vessel back in 3400BC. These ships were made of wood from acacia or sycamore trees and featured a single mast with a square sail, which powered the ship alongside a series of oars.
What was the first ever ship to sink?
The Britannic, sister ship to the Titanic, sinks in the Aegean Sea on November 21, 1916, killing 30 people. More than 1,000 others were rescued. In the wake of the Titanic disaster on April 14, 1912, the White Star Line made several modifications in the construction of its already-planned sister ship.
What happened to the yellow fleet?
By 1975, approximately 750,000 explosives had been successfully removed from the Suez Canal, making escape possible. The Great Bitter Lake Association disbanded, and the vessels of the Yellow Fleet finally returned to their separate homes.
Did sailors eat rats?
Rats were a common pest on board ships and seamen often hunted them for entertainment and then ate them, reporting they tasted ‘nice and delicate… Another frequent pest were weevils, (a type of beetle) found in flour, biscuit and bread.
How old is sailing?
Throughout history sailing has helped civilizations to develop as people sailed across oceans to settle in new areas or trade with others. The earliest record of a ship under sail appears on an Egyptian vase from about 3500 BC. Vikings sailed to North America around 1000 years ago.
What age did boys go to sea?
Sailors generally went to sea as boys. By the time they were 16 they could be rated as seamen, and normally served at sea for another ten years, before settling down and taking a shore or local sailing job.