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by Editor  Miro Susta

The water is covering two-thirds of the Earth, water brings life to our planet, and it is very important to our everyday life; can you imagine green meadows or blue sky without water?

But beside of this, waterways are one of most efficient “highways” for moving goods and people across lakes, seas and oceans as well as on the rivers.
Transport on water is one of the oldest forms of people and goods transportation. Goods can be transported on water in larger cargo volumes than on the land, so most cities, as centres of trade, were built near large rivers or the sea shores.

Mysterious Expedition” by Caras Ionut 

Efficient and faster moving on the rivers, lakes and coasts to the world's oceans, however, came out at a time of great geographic discoveries.

The transition from sailing ships to steam ships took place in the last quarter of the nineteenth century.
Lake, river and coastal shipping became very important in landlocked, coastal and island countries and areas.

The Arch” by Aurelie Neveu

This is a last part of the Transportation  quadrilogy “Railways, Roads, Air Transportation and Waterways”, concentrated on transportation and life on water supplemented by selected photos from 1x gallery along with some of my images. Many thanks to all contributors.

Commercial ships and boats for personal transportation

“Poesia” by Bragi Ingibergsson-BRIN


"Good neighbours” by Miro Susta


“Holliday?” By Jacob Tuinenga


“Overload” by Widianto Eko


"Houseboat” by Miro Susta


Merchant cargo ships & boats

“Tetris” by Dmitry Skvortsov


Antwerp shipping” by Ben Goossens


Military ships

"Submarine” by Dmitry Laudin


“Norwegian Coast Guard” by Roy Samuelsen


Fishing boats & vessels

“Inle Fisherman” by Gunarto Song


"Leaving for catch” by Miro Susta


Sailing boats & ships

“Sail away” by Horst Fischer


“Sailing away” by Miro Susta


“Croisement blue” by Marc Pelissier


Ship wrecks

“Final Place” by  Þorsteinn H. Ingibergsson


"The last port” by Chris Kaddas


"Shipwreck” by Abi Danial


“The Dark Traveller II” by Mary Kay


Life on water

“Water Buffalo” by Vichaya


"Morning Transaction” by AL


“Swimming” by Miro Susta


“Oporto icon’s” by Mário Silva


“Morning Serenade” by Ricky Siegers


Final thoughts about water transportation
Already during the Stone Age primitive boats were used to sail along rivers and in the lakes mainly for fishing.

“Back From Heaven” by Cie Shin


"An evening in mountains” by Swarnendu Ghosh

It is believed that boats capable of longer voyages by sea were necessary for the settlement of Australia, New Zealand and some of the pacific Islands around 40 thousand years ago.
With the development of civilization, rowing boats have been used to trade and during wars.
In the Mediterranean, the rowing boats were already used around 3,000 BC, but they were not suitable for longer voyages.
In the 13th century, multi-masts sailing ships, called caravels, powered by wind & sails came in to service for long-distance cruises by sea.


“Sparrow” by Zoltan Tasi

In the middle of the 19th century, the fastest ships were clips that sailed from Britain and the USA to China and Australia.
Wooden hulls were usually wafted with copper serving as a shield against worms. Later types were constructed as mixed-body hulls, with steel ribs and wooden rinsing, later all made of steel.
Also, the number of masts has grown: a typical 19th-century freighter has become multi-track, all-metal ships.

The first major historical milestone for the development of water transport was the invention of the water chambers in the Italian Renaissance between 1439 and 1443 in Viarenna on the Naviglio Grande Canal in northern Italy following by the industrial revolution, which sparked an explosion of transport demands using the revolutionary invention of the steam engine.

“In the water lock” by Miro Susta

The present, most modern naval vessels have the so-called diesel-electric drive, which means that diesel engines are powered by generators that produce electricity, and it is then fed through the main substation to the individual electric propulsion of the ship.


“Would you go with me?” by Fang Tong

However, we can still see plenty of sailing ships and boats as well as steam powered vessels on the waters around the globe, just take your camera and catch them.

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Thanks Yvette
Thank you Miro for that great compilation with several shots that I already in my favorites from 1x. So honored to have one picture in that selection. Thanks
You are most welcome Marc.
Wonderful photography and nice article ! Congratulations for all !
Thank you very much Olga.
Beautiful photographs and excellent article. Congratulations to all!
Thank you Rob.
A fantastic article with brilliant photography. Congrats to al photographers.
Thank you Greetje. Appreciate your comment very much.
Brilliant article
Thank you.......
Fantastic photographs. Congratulations to everyone
Thank you very much Massimo.
Thank you kindly for the publishing of one of my images in this beautiful article, thanks a lot, Miro and Yvette!!
You're welcome, Jacob ;-)
You are most welcome Jacob. I like your photo work very much.
Superb and most interesting article and gorgeous gallery, Miro! Congratulations to you and all the authors of these fabulous shots. Cheers, Yvette
Thank you very much for your kind appreciation Yvette.