Ships of the Bible
Ships were much used in biblical times and are often mentioned. The Phoenicians made particularly great use of them for foreign commerce.
The Lord will bring you back to Egypt in ships, by the way about which I spoke to you, ‘You will never see it again!’ And there you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but there will be no buyer.” —Deuteronomy 28:68 NASB
The world’s earliest ship was pre-Deluvian—Noah’s ark, a huge, multi-story barge-like structure built according to plans supplied by God. It was not built for voyaging, but survival—preventing the extinction of mankind and Earth’s air-breathing land animals. See: Could Noah's Ark really hold all the animals that were supposed to be preserved from Flood?
When it was decided that we would sail for Italy, they proceeded to deliver Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan cohort named Julius. And embarking in an Adramyttian ship, which was about to sail to the regions along the coast of Asia, we put out to sea accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica.
The next day we put in at Sidon; and Julius treated Paul with consideration and allowed him to go to his friends and receive care. From there we put out to sea and sailed under the shelter of Cyprus because the winds were contrary.
When we had sailed through the sea along the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we landed at Myra in Lycia. There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing for Italy, and he put us aboard it. When we had sailed slowly for a good many days, and with difficulty had arrived off Cnidus, since the wind did not permit us to go farther, we sailed under the shelter of Crete, off Salmone; and with difficulty sailing past it we came to a place called Fair Havens, near which was the city of Lasea. —Acts 27:1-8 NASB
- Ship or boat equipment: anchors, tackle/tackling, nets
- Earliest known shipbuilder and ship:
- Bodies of water where boats sailed:
- Ship passengers:
- Ship destinations (partial list, alphabetical):
- Ezion-geber—port near Elath in the land of Edom, along the shore of the Red Sea
- Fair Havens
- Neapolis of Thrace
- Phoenician coast
- Portus (Ancient Ostia / Ostis Antica)—a very important Roman port
- and many others, see: Roman ports, including a map (off-site nonprofit) / Catalog of Ancient Ports by region (off-site)
- Fishing boats: