Ship Engineering

The History of Ships

The ships we come across nowadays are large, sturdy and self propelled vessels which are used to transport cargo across seas and oceans. This was not the case centuries ago, and the current ship has undergone countless centuries of development to become what it is today.

In ancient marine times, people used rafts, logs of bamboo, bundles of reeds, air filled animal skins and asphalt covered baskets to traverse small water bodies. To be precise, the first boat was a simple frame of sticks lashed together and covered expertly with sewn hides. These boats could carry large and heavy loads easily. You get to know about examples of such ancient boats among the bull boats of North American plains, the kayaks of the Inuit’s and the coracks of British islanders. Yet another ancient boat was the dugout which is a log that is hollowed out and pointed at the ends. Some of these were even as long as sixty feet.  Here is a brief attempt to traverse lightly over the history of ships and how they evolved to what they are now.

Naval architecture, ocean engineering and marine engineering are three disciplines of engineering. 

Here in our Department, we bring them together and cover all areas of naval architecture, ocean and marine engineering. That’s where our name comes from. 

We do this through:

undergraduate and postgraduate teaching

postgraduate research

our research and development with government, industry and professional bodies

working with external organisations to share our expertise, and put it to use, through conferences and services to the maritime industries

Marine engineering

Marine engineering focuses on the efficient design and operation of engineering systems on board ships and offshore structures. 

This includes:






electrical systems

Marine engineers work on key systems related to propelling ships, electrical and mechanical systems for providing power and for controlling the on-board environment for crew and passengers, and managing ballast systems to control the stability of the ship.

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