by Angela Delaney

Logistical landmarks: the evolution of the shipping industry

Goods have been exchanged between communities for millennia, from essential sustenance to covetable luxuries sold for money or as part of a trade-off. Over the centuries, as the world gradually expanded and became more accessible, these deals began to cross borders and eventually oceans, creating a global shipping industry.

The industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries pushed the industry forward at a rapid pace, prompting innovations and landmark inventions that have helped to shape the sector and society with it. Below, our graphic depicts some of the key milestones from the past two millennia that led to the creation of one of the world’s most important industries as we know it today.

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