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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