From the earliest dugout canoes and the boats of the Ancient Egyptians to the most technologically advanced battleships and cruise-liners, this book is a guide to aspects of the ship, and those who have sailed them. Readers will find out about the endeavours of the great explorers as they mapped the globe and discovered new worlds, learn the impact ships have had on trade and industry and find out the key historical conflicts in which ships played a vital role. Plus, the book presents seafaring for pleasure and trace fishing through the ages. Every conceivable type of sea-going vessel is featured, from caravels and galleons, warships and yachts to clippers and cruise-liners. Produced in association with the National Maritime Museum.