The earliest civilisations living near water would have floated on logs or made crude boats made from a wooden frame wrapped in animal skins. As time went by these were replaced with boats made from wooden planks which had masts with sails on them. Throughout history boats with sails have been instrumental in the development of civilisation whether for trade, transport or warfare. Evidence of 'ships' under sail can be seen on painted discs dating back over 5000 years ago.
A battleship made in pewter and supplied on a pin with clasp. The information card gives a brief history about the developments in boats.