25 Incredible Stories From The World Of Ships, Boats, And Sailors

Ever since people realized that they could float around on things, boats have played a major role in the development of societies. For this reason most people live near the coast or near rivers. Whether it was fishing, transport, or trade, water and waterways facilitated the development of society in ways that few other things have (except for maybe the wheel). So while human history is full of boating, sailing, and seafaring, what about today? It’s still there but these days the open oceans are mostly used by militaries, cargo ships, and cruise lines. Piracy and transportation have shifted to other domains (the internet and the sky, respectively). But in spite of the fact that your average Joe no longer owns a fishing boat, the water still plays a critical role in how our society functions. Without shipping lanes there would be no way for you to get those Nike shoes that you bought at the mall over the weekend. While air cargo is possible, it is still far more expensive than just floating things across the ocean on barges. So get ready because today we are about to discover 25 incredible stories from the world of ships, boats, and sailors!

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Robert Smalls was a slave that seized a ship during the Civil War and delivered it to the North. He was later put in charge of the ship. After the war he bought the house he was a slave in and became a congressman.

Robert Smalls was a slave that seized a ship during the Civil War and delivered it to the North. He was later put in charge of the ship. After the war he bought the house he was a slave in and became a congressman.Source: washingtonpost.com, Image: wikipedia
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Quarantine is derived from the Latin word for "forty". This is the number of days a ship typically had to wait to dock because of the plague.

Quarantine is derived from the Latin word for "forty". This is the number of days a ship typically had to wait to dock because of the plague.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In the Royal Navy there is a superstition that whistling on-board can cause bad weather. The only person typically allowed to whistle is the cook (because it means he's not eating the food!)

In the Royal Navy there is a superstition that whistling onboard can cause bad weather. The only person typically allowed to whistle is the cook (because it means he's not eating the food!)Source: hmsrichmond.org, Image: wikipedia
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During the Battle of Samar in World War II, the USS Johnston charged a much bigger force of Japanese ships. It did so much damage that while it was sinking, some of the Japanese ships saluted it.

During the Battle of Samar in World War II, the USS Johnston charged a much bigger force of Japanese ships. It did so much damage that while it was sinking, some of the Japanese ships saluted it.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In 1784, a Japanese sailor named Chunosuke Matsuyama sent out a message in a bottle from his sinking ship. It washed ashore in 1935 near the very village where he had been born.

In 1784, a Japanese sailor named Chunosuke Matsuyama sent out a message in a bottle from his sinking ship. It washed ashore in 1935 near the very village where he had been born.Source: wikipedia, Image: pixabay


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