engineering discipline dealing with the design and construction of marine vessels
Naval architecture also known as naval engineering, is an engineering discipline dealing with the engineering design process, shipbuilding, maintenance, and operation of marine vessels and structures.
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- The shipbuilder, caulking a boat, heating up fish oil, with garments not easy to clean.
- Debate between Silver and Copper (middle to late 3rd millennium BCE). 
- The employment of ships for various purposes dates back to very early ages, but the science of Naval Architecture is of comparatively modern growth. Ships have advanced in size, speed, equipment and structural strength, but the progress from the primitive log or bundle of reeds used by the ancients to the 100-gunship of the eighteenth century was effected wholly by methods of trial and error.
- Tools arm the man. One can well say that man is capable of bringing forth a world; he lacks only the necessary apparatus, the corresponding armature of his sensory tools. The beginning is there. Thus the principle of a warship lies in the idea of the shipbuilder, who is able to incorporate this thought by making himself into a gigantic machine, as it were, through a mass of men and appropriate tools and materials. Thus the idea of a moment often required monstrous organs, monstrous masses of materials, and man is therefore a potential, if not an actual creator.
- Novalis, Blüthenstaub (1798), Fragment No. 88. Full text in German.
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