Monday, 26 February 2007

Ship Museum

Ship Museum

This photo was taken back in Changsha, China. These men were looking at those wooden boat just beside the river. Do those ships belong to them? Are they wanting to buy the ships? What interest me is that those steep banks in the foreground of the picture are in the shape of a hull of a ship.

Until the application of the steam engine to ships in the early 19th century, oars propelled galleys or the wind propelled sailing ships. Before mechanisation, merchant ships always used sail, but as long as naval warfare depended on ships closing to ram or to fight hand-to-hand, galleys dominated in marine conflicts because of their maneuverability and speed. The Greek navies that fought in the Peloponnesian War used triremes, as did the Romans contesting the Battle of Actium. The use of large numbers of cannon from the 16th century meant that maneuverability took second place to broadside weight; this led to the dominance of the sail-powered warship.

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