Ships have sailed through human history for thousands of years. Sometimes, their dramatic voyages have even changed the course of the world--bringing cultures together in peace or conflict, playing a role in wars and revolutions, and transforming societies.
There are 10 ocean adventures:
- Groundbreaking exploits of Zheng He's 15th-century treasure ships on voyages to far-away Africa and the Middle East
- Vasco da Gama's Sao Gabriel navigating unknown waters
- The Lady Penrhyn sailing with the first convicts exiled to Australia in 1787
- The USS Susquehanna on its pivotal trade mission to Japan in 1853
- The tense confrontation of the Holocaust survivor ship Exodus 1947 while enroute to Israel
- Passengers from India aboard the Komagata Maru and their unsuccessful immigration to Cnada in 1914
- The standoff when Somali pirates seized the oil tanker Sirius Star
- How Granma, a tiny yacht, played a major role in Cuba's revolution
- Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley and its ill-fated crew
- Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior, a key player in the environmental movement.
With a rich variety of photos, maps, and striking illustrations, 10 Ships that Rocked the World reveals the crucial role ships played in some of history's most significant dramas.