Ancient harbours & canals

Nordic harbours

Roman harbours

Worldwide harbours

Ancient canals

Some ancient inland waterways were very sophisticated. Transport on rivers or canals was easier and safer than on open sea. Some of these constructions have been investigated.

Note on military harbours:
Hangar-looking boat houses and slipways were used during Antiquity for warships. The light, fragile and expensive warships, like the triremes, were only on water during missions, while on the other hand the heavier merchant ships were permanently in the sea. According to Herodotus, such slipways were used already in the 6th century BC. Ref Les dossiers d'archéologie, Editions Faton, juin 1993.

page by Per Åkesson, rev jul '12

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