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A ship is a large watercraft that travels the world's oceans and other sufficiently deep waterways, carrying goods or passengers, or in support of specialized missions, such as defense, research, and fishing. Ships are generally distinguished from boats, based on size, shape, load capacity, and tradition. In the Age of Sail a "ship" was a sailing vessel defined by its sail plan of at least three square rigged masts and a full bowsprit.

Ships have supported exploration, trade, warfare, migration, colonization, and science. After the 15th century, new crops that had come from and to the Americas via the European seafarers significantly contributed to the world population growth. Ship transport is responsible for the largest portion of world commerce.

As of 2016, there were more than 49,000 merchant ships, totaling almost 1.8 billion dead weight tons. Of these 28% were oil tankers, 43% were bulk carriers, and 13% were container ships.

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Slave Ship La Concorde. Haiti
Negroes just landed from a Slave Ship.
Narrative of a voyage in His Majesty's late ship Alceste, to the Yellow Sea ... with an account of her shipwreck in the straits of Gaspar. [Title page]
[Manumission certificate for William Steward, mariner granted citizenship. Ship and dock scene at top.]
Lucy off Cuba [Ship at sea flying American flag.]
Passing Great Guana cut [Ship sails through narrow passage.]
[Ship in heavy seas.]
Schematic drawing of an English slave ship, possibly the Brookes, showing the layout of the cargo hold areas for transporting African slaves
The Sundhya or the Daily Prayers of the Brahmins.
View of chained African slaves in cargo hold of slave ship, measuring three feet and three inches high
Vue du Nile
Frank E. Downs. Trip to Nome, Alaska, May to Sept. 1900: The old world from the new; Bering Sea and Siberia, from Nome, Alaska; Across Bering Sea on an especially clear day, Siberia can be faintly seen (once or twice during summer); Effects of storm, "cold feet", going home, boarding of lighter for ship, Sept. 1900; "I'll leave my happy Nome for you".
Buildings near Ellis Island pier; immigrants can be seen with trunks and luggage.
SPARS Olivia Hooker, of Columbus, Ohio, and Aileen Anita Cooke, of Los Angeles, California, aboard the dry-land ship "USS Neversail," during their training at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Station, Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, New York, 1945
Manifest of slaves intended to be transported on board the Knoxville.
Lynn Cochrane; Ship's cook, 1c, U.S.N.R.F.; Lost when U.S.A. C.T. Ticonderoga was torpedoed and sunk September 30, 1918.
Herman Stallings, Ship's Cook, 2c, U.S.N.R.F.; Accidentally drowned while in swimming, May 19, 1918.
Unloading oysters from packet boat arriving at New Orleans, La.
DAILY MENU [held by] NORDDEUTSCHER LLOYD BREMEN-AMERIKA [at]  (SS)
DINNER [held by] COMPAGNIE GENERALE TRANSATLANTIQUE [at] PAQUEBOT WASHINGTON (STEAMSHIP)
DINNER TO COUNT FERDINAND DE LESSUPS [held by] COMPAGNIE GENERALE TRANSATLANTIQUE [at] "ON BOARD STEAMER "WASHINGTON" (SS)
DINNER [held by] [COMPAGNIE GENERALE TRANSATLANTIC?] [at] PAQUEBOT WASHINGTON (STEAMSHIP)
The old ship
Survey for a ship canal to connect the Lakes Erie & Ontario, Lockport route
DINNER [held by] NORDDEUTSCHER LLOYD--BREMEN-AMERICA [at] STEAMSHIP (SS)
America Hatoba (pier) Kobe.
Normandie, North River, Manhattan, from Pier 88, French Line, Manhattan.
2 documents: authorization of payment to ship owners by U.S. Congress, Dec. 1, 1834; and affidavit of invoice of goods, Dec. 24, 1852, with certificate of authentication signed by John Broadfoot, dated Sep. 28, 1852.
Boat quai Singapore.
Pasig River, Manila. In the Philippines.
John Ogilby - Remarkable wreck of the ship Batavia., Montanus Arnoldus 1625-1683, cartographer
The ship I love
LUNCH?] [held by] HAMBURG-AMERIKANISCHE [SHIP COMPANY?] [at] AT SEA (SS;)
DINNER [held by] NORDDEUTSCHER LLOYD BREMEN [at] [SHIP?] BREMEN (SS;)
Mr. Captain stop the ship!
View of the United States Navy Yard at Portsmouth, N.H.
Sheet with a poem and studies of a man with an umbrella, a ship at sea, and a ghost flying to London.
Sailor Jack, ship and dogs. Ben Holladay's Place, Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, Cal.
Cruelty presiding over the prison ship.
Steamship Sacramento leaving Port. Sterescope Cards NYPL Collection.
P.M.S.S. & Co.'s Steamship Japan - In the California Dry Dock, Hunter's Point.
Floating Dock, Hunter's Point, San Francisco, from ship John Jay.
Steamship Ajax in the Floating Dock, Hunter's Point.
Steamer Montana, San Francisco. Sterescope Cards NYPL Collection.
L'ouverture du pont Nº 190
FESTESSEN ZUR FEIER DES GEBURTSTAG SR.MAJ. KAISER WILHELM II [held by] CASINO UNION [at] "(ON BOARD SHIP), MANILA" (SS)
Where modern sky-scrapers were tossed like a ship at sea - Newspaper Row, Great Earthquake, San Francisco.
Poughkeepsie Marine Railways Yacth & Ships Building Yard, Goe. T. Polk, Proprietor.
A general view of the city of London, next the River Thames.
BREAKFAST [held by] NORDDEUTSCHER LLOYD BREMEN [at] STEAMSHIP KAISER WILHELM DER GROSSER (SS;)
LUNCH [held by] NORDDEUTSCHER LLOYD BREMEN [at] STEAMSHIP KAISER WILHELM DER GROSSER (SS;)
DINNER [held by] NORDDEUTSCHER LLOYD BREMEN [at] STEAMSHIP KAISER WILHELM DER GROSSE (SS;)
DINNER [held by] NORDDEUTSCHER LLOYD BREMEN [at] STEAMSHIP KAISER WILHELM DER GROSSER (SS;)
DINNER [held by] NORDDEUTSCHER LLOYD BREMEN [at] STEAMSHIP KAISER WILHELM DER GROSSE (SS;)
DINNER [held by] NORDDEUTSCHER LLOYD BREMEN [at] STEAMSHIP KAISER WILHELM DER GROSSE (SS;)
DINNER MENU [held by] RED STAR LINE [at] "SS: ""FRIESLAND""" (SS;)
When the mighty ship begins to roll
Letter to the owners of the ship Pigon, or Messrs
Gosport, flag ship saluting.
A view of part of the town of Boston in New England and Brittish [sic] ships of war landing their troops 1768.
An exact prospect of Charlestown, the metropolis of the province of South Carolina
The ship builder's song
WINE LIST [held by] NORTHERN STEAMSHIP COMPANY/GREAT ORTHERN RY. LINE [at] ? (SS;)
An east view of Montreal, in Canada
A view of Fort George with the city of New York from the s.w. 1740
The miners ship, Ouray, Col., U.S.A.
[Sidewheel boat moored at dock at Norwich.]
Yacht Arbutus, Florida. Florida Sterescope Cards Collection, NYPL.
[Prison ship Jersey.]
Escape of Rev. Thomas Andros, from the old Jersey prison ship, during the Revolutionary War
DINNER [held by] OCEANIC STEAMSHIP CO. - VENTURA [at] EN ROUTE (SS)
William Harrison, Esq., Commander of the "Great Eastern" Steam Ship
[The "Great Eastern"]
Plate 28: [Bounded by Avenue X, Coyle Street, Emmons Avenue, (Gravesend Ship Canal) Canal Avenue and E. 13th Street.]
Fultons-steam ferry boat.
New York (A. The Fort; B. The Chappel; C. Secretary Office; D. The Great Dock; E. Part of Nutten Island; F. Part of Long Island; G. Dutch Church; H. English Church; I. The City Hall; K. The Exchange; L. French Church; M. Ship Warfes; N. The Ferry House; O. Cattle Pen)
Loading the great whaleback ship at the famous grain elevators, Chicago, U.S.A.
Loading the great whaleback ship at the famous grain elevators, Chicago, U.S.A.
BANQUET ABOARD SHIP AT THE RECEPTION OF SILVER SERVICE PRESENTED TO THE S.S.CITY OF MEXICO [held by] MEXICAN-AMERICAN STEAMSHIP CO. [at] ABOARD SHIP IN VERA CRUZ HARBOR (SS;)
DAILY MENU [held by] CUNARD STEAM SHIP COMPANY LIMITED [at] "ABOARD R.M.S. ""ETRURIA""" (SS;)
DAILY MENU,LUNCHEON [held by] CUNARD STEAM SHIP COMPANY LIMITED [at] "ABOARD R.M.S. ""ETRURIA""" (SS;)
DINNER [held by] COMPAGNIE GENERAL TRANSATLANTIQUE [at] ABOARD PAQUEBOT LA SAVOIE (SS;)
[Plate 49: Bounded by Harlem River (N.Y,C. & H.R.R.R.), Channel Line (U.S. Ship Canal), Prescott Avenue, Emerson Street, Isham Street, Seaman Avenue, Emerson Street, Broadway (Kingsbridge Road), and Dyckman Street.]
The ship of Columbus, the ocean wave.
DINNER [held by] COMPAGNIE GENERAL TRANSATLANTIQUE [at] ABOARD PAQUEBOT LA BRETAGNE (SS;)
DINNER [held by] COMPAGNIE GENERAL TRANSATLANTIQUE [at] ABOARD PAQUEBOT LA GASCOGNE (SS;)
THIRD ANNUAL BALL [held by] THE INTERNATIONAL HOTEL EMPLOYES SOCIETY [at] "OLD SHIP HOTEL, BRIGHTON, ENGLAND" (FOR;)
DINNER IN HONOR OF THE SHIP'S COMPANY OF H.M.S. GOOD HOPE [held by] THE SHIP'S COMPANY OF THE U.S.S. LOUISIANA [at] "HAMPTON ROADS, VA" (SS;)
DINNER IN HONOR OF THE CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS OF HIS MAJESTYS' SHIP GOOD HOPE [held by] THE CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS OF THE U.S. SHIP LOUISIANA [at] "HAMPTON ROADS, VA" (SS;)
DINNER IN HONOR OF THE SHIP'S COMPANY OF U.S.S. LOUISIANA [held by] THE SHIP'S COMPANY OF H.M.S. GOOD HOPE [at] "HAMPTON ROADS, VA" (SS;)
DINNER [held by] UNITED STATES SHIP VERMONT [at] ABOARD (SS;)
Ship Yard. Maine, Stereoscope Card, NYPL.
Ship building. Maine, Stereoscope Card, NYPL.
[Newly launched ship.] Maine, Stereoscope Card, NYPL.
Ship "Willie Reed." Maine, Stereoscope Card, NYPL.
[Newly launched ship.] Maine, Stereoscope Card, NYPL.
[Men on the deck of a ship. Line of shipboard cannons.]
[Stern of a ship at anchor.]
U.S. ship Macedonia, (French, English, and American).
Plate 23, Part of Ward 3 [Map bound by Northfield Ave (Franklin), Richmond Terrace, Pierhead and Bulkhead Line, De Hart Ave (Central), Staten Island Rapid Transit R.R., Union Ave, Brabant St (Beech), Gridley Ave (Columbus), Harbor Road, Lockman Ave, Andros Ave, Mersereau Ave, Grandview Ave, South Ave; Shooters Island - Standard Ship Building Co.]
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