"Maritime History is a broad thematic element of global history. As an academic subject it crosses the boundaries of standard disciplines, focusing on understanding mankind's various relationships to the oceans, seas and major waterway of the globe. Nautical history records and interprets past events involving ships, shipping, navigation and seamen.
          Maritime History is the broad over arching subject that includes fishing, whaling, international maritime law history, the history of ships, ship design, ship building, the history of navigation, the history of the various maritime related sciences (oceanography, cartography, hydrography), sea exploration, maritime economics and trade, shipping, yachting, seaside resorts, the history of lighthouses and aids to navigation, maritime themes in literature and in art, the social history of sailors and sea related communities."