Today we're visiting a maritime museum (sometimes nautical museum). The preservation of ships in museums ensures that ancient and historic vessels are preserved for posterity in optimum conditions and are available for academic study and for public education and interest. Choose a difficulty level, click start and let's explore every ship in this harbor. From wooden sail boats to steam powered ships this nautical museum has them all. Ships have been important contributors to human migration and commerce. The first known vessels date back about 10,000 years ago, but could not be described as ships. The oldest discovered sea faring hulled boat is the Late Bronze Age Uluburun shipwreck off the coast of Turkey, dating back to 1300 BC. Until the Renaissance, navigational technology remained comparatively primitive. Ship designs stayed fairly unchanged until the late 19th century when the industrial revolution, new mechanical methods of propulsion, and the ability to construct ships from metal triggered an explosion in ship design.