Hello! A while ago an idea for a novel sprung up in my mind, and it seemed fantastic. i was ready to get cracking. then horror struck; i had no idea about the subject at hand. See now, i was planning for a fantasy story circling around water-folklore, and i knew where to research that, but the main setting was a boat. And i had no idea how a boat worked, the different kinds, or how to even describe one. I tried Wikipedia and various other sites, but when it really came down to it, i didn't understand it. so i decided to turn to you guys. If you have ANY information about different types of boats, preferably from around the dark ages, Shakespearean times, where we still had boats made of wood in mass production, I'd be very grateful if you could tell me what you can. so my questions are: 1. What types of Boats did they have in Shakespearean times, the dark ages, Rome, "Pirate-y times", etc... Things you would see in the Iliad or Robinson Crusoe. 2. If you know any boat slang, such as Starboard and Port (and their meanings), please tell me. 3. How does a boat work, and what are the controls? Any other information on the topic would be appreciated. Thanks.