Yachts, catamarans, sloops, and cruisers: these names and others have been given to the vessels that sail the world’s rivers and oceans. Get out the Dramamine and full speed ahead.
This site preserves some of the fascinating story of the early sailors of Micronesia, who could navigate the open ocean without instruments. You can even learn how to use your canoe as a compass.
Step back in time for a tour of the ships, battles, and naval leaders of the U.K.?all the way back to the earliest known naval battle in British waters, a 719 skirmish between ?factions of the Dalriata, the people who provided the rulers of modern Scotland.?
If you prefer the solid feel of dry land under your feet, these museum-quality model ships are almost as good as the real thing. The detail is amazing, right down to the miniature map spread out on the table.
From Antwerp to Newcastle to Cadiz, the tall ship races are the place to be if you want to get in on the action. These photo galleries almost make you feel the salt spray.
Where would the history of sailing be without the Vikings, those masters of the longboat? This PBS page offers a look at the always fascinating Norsemen.