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Navy subs use a sophisticated form of dead reckoning to retain secrecy. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]

Boats and Ships

What is dead reckoning?

Learn about dead reckoning as it applies to boating.

The Mediterranean cypress can grow up to 80 feet tall. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]

Boats and Ships

Which type of wood was used to build Noah's ark?

Learn about the durable wood that was used to build Noah's ark.

The largest ship in the world weighs in at 622,571.5 tons. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]

Boats and Ships

What is the world's largest ship?

Learn about a few of the world's largest ships.

Starboad evolved from the Old English word "steorbords." [©Jupiter Images, 2009]

Boats and Ships

Why is the right side of a ship called starboard?

Discover why starboard is a common boating term for the right side of a vessel.

A ship's loadline indicates how much weight a merchant ship can hold. [©Jupiter Images, 2008]

Boats and Ships

What does the term loadline mean in shipping?

Find out what the term loadline means and how it originated.

An aircraft manufacturer installs avionic systems. [©Jupiter Images 2008]


What is avionics?

Discover why avionics are essential to modern air travel.

A seaplane in flight. [©2008 Jupiter Images]


What is the difference between an amphibian plane and a seaplane?

Understand the difference between an amphibian plane and a seaplane.

The Spruce Goose on display. [©2008 Jupiter Images]


Who designed the Spruce Goose?

Learn about Howard Hughes' famous flying boat The Spruce Goose.

An illustration of a dirigible much like the Hindenburg. [©2008. Jupiter Images]


Why did the dirigible Hindenburg explode?

Learn about the history of the Hindenburg blimp and why it exploded.

An airplane mid-flight, with the black box inside. [©2008. Jupiter Images]


Where is the black box carried on an airplane?

Find out where the black box is carried on an airplane and how it is used.

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