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Historical Ships: 1800's

Learn about sailing ships of the 19th century, including the clipper ship. See drawings and photographs and read first-hand accounts of what it was like to be on a sailing ship. Also learn about the what type of foods were on sailing ships as well as the type of gear a sailor would normally have. Included are interactive photos of sailing ships as well as a sailing simulator.


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This site tells the story of a six-year-old girl from Massachusetts. In 1868, she traveled with her family to the whaling grounds of the Pacific Ocean.
Included in this website are instructions on how to tie a sailors' knot, ship logs, the type of foods eaten on ships, sea lingo, how to build your own clipper ship, and a bibliography.
This website includes narrative accounts of travelers, information on shipwrecks and pirates, an online museum, and lesson plans.
This is a digital version of the logbook from the U.S.S. Adams from 1879-1881. It includes a transcription of each page, as well as a digital picture of the original entry.
Information on sailing ships, rigging, a brief history of sailing, a sailing simulator and more. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This gives a basic description of the sails, masts, and yards for British and American ships.
This website includes a basic timeline of the history and development of ships.
This website gives photographs of specific areas of the ship Balclutha and others.

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