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Tuesday, 1 January 2013


The 10,000 year old Pesse canoe, the world's oldest known boat, was found in a Dutch peat bog.

The first boats were rafts made from logs lashed together and paddled by hand.

The Ancient Egyptians used bundles of reeds from the River Nile to build reed boats and were the first to attach sails to them. They also built boats from planks of wood tied together with string.

Phoenicians capitalised on seafaring trade in the Mediterranean. They used oars as well as sails and navigated by the stars. They reached the coasts of southern Europe and North Africa.

King Robert of Scotland is said to have owned his own pleasure craft (in 1326).

For many centuries, rivers were the great natural highways, the Thames the greatest of them all. Bridges were non-existent; boats provided the link from shore to shore. Watermen thus filled a significant place in London's life. At one period their number exceeded 40,000 (in a population of just over six million). As nowadays commuters stand on street footpaths to signal a passing taxi, so wayfarers then from numerous piers used to beckon a barge-man to take them up or down or across the river.

The right side of a boat was called the starboard side due to the fact that the astronavigators used to stand out on the plank (which was on the right side) to get an unobstructed view of the stars. The left side was called the port side because that was the side that you put in on at the port.

The Experiment was an early nineteenth century boat powered by horses running on a treadmill and propelled by a then-novel type of screw propeller.

The 72-year-old Alexander Graham Bell set the world water speed record in 1919 by reaching speeds in excess of 70 miles an hour in his hydrofoil boat. For many years it was the fastest boat in the world. 

Australian Ken Warby set the world water speed record of 317.60 mph on his boat Spirit Of Australia in New South Wales on October 8, 1978. The record still stands today.

Model of the Spirit of Australia. By Matilda Wikipedia

In 2002, the most popular boat name in the U.S. was Liberty.

The key difference between a ship and a boat is a ship can carry a boat, but a boat cannot carry a ship.

The phrase "jet lag" was once called "boat lag", back before airplanes existed.

Here is a list of songs about boats

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