Timeline created by Kat Templeton
  • Nov 18, 600

    Germanic Longships

    From the 7th century to around the 11th century, Germanic tribes used longships to raid other ships.
  • Nov 18, 1100

    Chinese "Junk"

    Between the 12th and 15th centuries, the Chinese "junk," or djong, is perfected. This is the later Song dynasty
  • Nov 18, 1400

    Multiple Masts

    Multiple Masts
    In the 15th century, multiple masts on European cargo ships were added. They quickly became standard for large ships.
  • Nov 16, 1571

    Battle of Lepanto

    This is the last recorded naval battle powered by oarsmen.
  • Boat at Giza

    Boat at Giza
    In 2500 BC, Ancient Egyptions buried a boat made of planks of cedar next to the Giza pyramid.
  • Two Different Designs

    By 1100 BC, the Phoenicians had invented two diffent types of boats. One, squat and tubby with rounded ends for passengers and cargo. The other was longer and sharp at one end for battle.
  • The Bireme Boat

    The Bireme Boat
    Around 700 BC, Poenicians invented a boat with two banks of oarsmen, one above the other, for faster travel. This was called a bireme.
  • New Warship Invented

    Between 260 and 255 BC, Romans capture a Carthoginian ship with 5 banks of oarsmen. It was large and heavy, ideal for battle use to batter other boats.