On the Water

January 4, 2019
The Staten Island Ferry takes people across New York Harbor.
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Boats and ships carry people and things across water. They are used for business. They are also used for fun! Here are some ways to travel on water. Have you ever been on a boat?

This is a sailboat.

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Its sails catch the wind. That pushes the boat forward. The sails must change direction with the wind.

This is a ferry.

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Ferries transport people and sometimes cars. Some ferries let you bring your bike! Usually, ferries travel short distances. Most are powered by an engine.

This is a cargo ship.

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Cargo ships carry heavy loads. They travel from one continent to another. They carry trade goods. They are powered by an engine.

This is a rowboat.

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People use oars to row the boat. A strong current can make it harder to row.

Did You Know?

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Not all boats travel above water. This is a submarine. It’s built to travel below the surface. Submarines let people explore the deep sea. Glub!