3 Items Tagged "exploration"

A painting depicting a large clipper sailboat

Clipper ship

As trade between nations and continents increased, so did the amount of and size of the ships required for this industry. One of the most important faces of…

A large Chinese junk ship featuring three triangular sails and mounted steering

Chinese junk ship featuring a mounted rudder

Up until about 1000 AD, boats were steered with a rudder (usually an oar), that had to be held by the sailors on board. By doing so, they…

An ancient Arabian sailboat featuring a Lateen (triangular) sail.

Arabian vessel featuring a lateen sail

The lateen sail, known for its triangular design, revolutionized sailing as a whole. Aside from the mast, it was also fitted to a crossbar (which would later become…