NAVISTORY, the sailing ships encyclopedia. Enter in the realm of ancient vessels, boats, rafts, a reference since year 2000 now in full overhaul and translation process. Here is the archive page: http://illustrashop.com/navistory.com/pages/accueil.htm. Navistory try to depict all known types of vessels (wether oceanic to riverine) from the prehistoric times to our days, with detailled, dedicated illustrations and rare reconstitutions. Published by global editors such Mondadori, the National Geographic and many more, seen in expositions, shared on dozen websites, these are very unique.
It's a going on process, already 300 references strong.
Navistory treats a large variety of sailing, traditional, wooden boats and ships of all eras and corners of the globe, since the dawn of humanity: Swamps Bettes to Swiss Leman lake barques and Swiss galleys, Suez Dhows, carbon trimarans, Byzantine Pamphilos, Swedish Undenmaa, recent sailing yachts, Alexandre the great's underwater glass bell, Dutch Poons, Portuguese caravelas, Huge junk-like "Treasure boats" from great-admiral Zhong He, Zanzibar Mtepis, Calcutta's Kotias, Macedonian Hepters, 1st rank ships of the line like HMS Victory, and many more...
Flash map (pedagogic) on great explorations.