Antique Ship Prints

For sale below is a selection of beautiful antique ship prints and naval prints. If you are looking for a particular ship or artist try the search box on the right hand side or feel free to contact me as I have many more in stock.

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Selected Antique Ship Prints


About antique ship prints

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face and a grey dawn breaking

John Masefield (1878-1967)

In the widest sense “ship” now means any decked vessel for conveyance by water, as distinguished from an undecked boat; but it is more generally confined to the larger sorts of vessels. In a restricted technical sense, it means a vessel with at least three masts, square rigged; such a vessel is sometimes also distinguished as a full-rigged ship.There are many examples above, showing Ships Rigging 1819, Vaisseau 1797,The Royal Yacht 1870, H.M.S.Duke of Wellington 1872 among others.

Remains of ancient vessels are from time to time excavated from river banks  and shores. Examples are found of different stages of civilization in the early development. For instance wicker-work boats or coracles, covered with hides, smeared with mud or pitch, to keep them watertight. The canoe, carved with primitive tools from the trunk of a tree. Small vessels rudely framed and planked with wood. Sails, oars and even paddle wheels appear to have been used by the ancients to propel their ships.

In the development of shipbuilding, the most important change was the substitution of iron for wood. Formely ships were built of wood; since 1830, however iron has gradually superseded wood. Excepting small fishing  and coasting boats. The fundamental principle of naval architecture is that the weight of a floating body equals the weight of the fluid displaced. This was first discovered by the Greek philosopher Archimedes in the third century B.C.

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Prices are quoted unframed (except where noted)
and exclude p&p,
all items subject to availability.
Items guaranteed over 100 yrs old unless marked.