10 Ships that Rocked the World

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10 Ships that Rocked the World

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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 Canada 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.

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