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Wooden Boats – A Short History


Dugouts are the oldest boats dating back about eight thousand years

Various archeological findings of wooden boats for transportation purposes go back to very early times such as the early settlement of Australia over 40,000 years ago, findings in Crete dated 130,000 years ago, and findings in Flores dated to 900,000 years ago. The earliest boats are thought to have been logboats and the oldest boats found by archaeological excavation dating from around 7,000–10,000 years ago. The oldest recovered boat in the world is the Pesse Canoe a dugout, or hollowed tree trunk from a Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) A species of piner native to Europe and Asia, ranging from Scotland, Ireland and Portugal in the west, east to eastern Siberia, south to the Caucasus Mountains and north to well inside the Arctic Circle and constructed somewhere between 8200 and 7600 BC. This canoe is exhibited in the Drents Museum in Assen, Netherlands.

Boats played a very important part in the commerce between the Indus Valley civilisation and Mesopotamia. Evidence of varying models of boats has also been discovered in various Indus Valley sites. The Uru wooden big boat was made in Beypore a village in south Calicut in southwestern India These have been used by the Arabs and Greeks since ancient times as trading vessels. This mammoth wooden ship was constructed using teak, without any iron or blueprints and which has transportation capacity of 400 tonnes
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The addition of Sails with subsequent propulsion initially by steam developed further as time went by towards the, more recent, wooden motorboat.

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