Did you know that the earliest forms of boats have been found to exist as early as during the Neolithic Stone Age? That means man has had the urge to explore the seas for the longest time. According to archaeological findings, the first boats looked like canoes, with a hollow carved out from large tree trunks.
Today, we have sea vessels of all kinds. There are small boats used by fishermen or indigenous tribes. Then there are massive ships, able to carry both people and cargo across oceans. And of course, there are luxury boats such as yachts, that were built for entertainment and for leisurely exploring the seas.
Boats symbolize man’s thirst for exploration. Long before we were able to shorten the distance through aviation, man has been sailing the seas looking for new land, spices, or adventure. In fact, some of the best stories in literature were about sailing or the mystery of the deep.
The most well-known of course, is Moby Dick by Herman Melville. It tells of the obsessive captain Ahab and his quest to get revenge on the giant sperm whale they nicknamed, Moby Dick. Then there’s the sci-fi gem 20,000 Leagues under the Sea byJules Verne. In this classic, a professor, a master harpoonist, and his faithful servant join a crew to find a mysterious sea monster, which turned out to be an advanced submarine created and piloted by Captain Nemo.
And who could forget films? From Poseidon, Titanic, to Pirates of the Caribbean, boats have played a major role not only in pop culture, but also in helping mankind discover its world. Imagine yourself a captain when you browse through these gorgeous free boat photos.
Ships docked on the Barcelona marina on a nice sunny day.
Empty longtail fishing boat in Koh Phangan.
Bungalow resort in Koh Phangan and a small pirate boat in the background.
Blue and white fishing boats docked at Koh Phangan.
Big rocks on the beach in Koh Phangan and a fishing boat in the background.
Big glass light bulbs hanging down from a Thai fishing boat.
Blue and red fishing boats at the dock in Koh Phangan.
Minimalistic photography of a speedboat in a big sea with islands far away in the background.
Vintage passenger boat photographed in front of the setting sun.
Passenger boat floating near the shore in Sevastopol.
Sunset photography of a sailboat in the sea.
Modern sailing boats in sunset light photographed at the dock in Yalta.
Docked boat near the beach in Yalta photographed at sunset.
Boat floating in the beautiful blue sea, as seen behind red beach umbrellas.
Sunken grungy boat near Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach.
Empty fishing boat in the Gulf of Thailand photographed behind sea rocks.
Fishing boat in the middle of the sea near Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach.
Speedboat helm with tropical islands in the background.
Close-up shot of the side of an old wooden Thai boat painted in red and yellow.
White boat propeller on a red rusty pole photographed from up close.
Three docked boats in Thailand with a tropical island in the background.
Close-up shot of an old rusty tailboat engine.
Metal anchor photographed through incredibly clear water holding a longtail boat.
Big engine on a longtail fishing boat and other fishing boats in the background.
Close-up shot of the front of a boat that’s docked.
The helm of a boat with a black steering wheel.
White rope left out in an abandoned Thai boat.
Speedboat driving through New York City photographed in front of buildings with stunning architectural design.
Speedboat driving under the foggy sky in New York City.
Minimalistic photography of a boat floating in the Thailand sea.
Crumbly texture on an old boat side painted in black, blue and red.
Stunning sunset photography of the Thailand Sea and a boat passing by a small island.
Sunset photography with a passenger boat coming to the shore.
Three Cambodian fishermen fishing in a rowboat.
Yellow and white canoe boats tied down on a dock.
Two boats in the old Dubai canal with buildings and the sky in the background.
The Dubai canal from up close with a passenger boat leaving the dock.
Aerial view of jet skis and boats in the water with people on them enjoying the sunlight.
Small boat floating with passengers. Modern buildings in the background.
Boat silhouette on the water at sunset.
Aerial view of many docked boats in Dubai at dusk.
Stunning photograph of the Singapore boats taken from an Airplane window.
The top of a boat photographed in front of a sunset.
A boat sailing in Dubai with the focus on the steering wheel.
Wooden rowing boats in Pokhara, Nepal.
People in Thailand on a fishing boat trying to catch fish by the shore.
Many shipping boats docked in the Old Dubai canals. Buildings and minarets in the background.
Group of high school kids take boats out on the lake.
Phewa lake in Pokhara, Nepal.