ZETLAND, the oldest surviving lifeboat in the world; in service 1802-1864, currently preserved at the Zetland Lifeboat Museum in Redcar, England / Clinker-built, doubled-ended. [920×518]

ZETLAND, the oldest surviving lifeboat in the world; in service 1802-1864, currently preserved at the Zetland Lifeboat Museum in Redcar, England / Clinker-built, doubled-ended. [920×518]

ERNESTINA, the oldest surviving Grand Banks fishing schooner, built 1894 at Essex, Massachusetts / from 1926-1945 sailed annual voyages to the Arctic for exploration and scientific survey / currently being restored at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, Maine. [3872×2592]

ERNESTINA, the oldest surviving Grand Banks fishing schooner, built 1894 at Essex, Massachusetts / from 1926-1945 sailed annual voyages to the Arctic for exploration and scientific survey / currently being restored at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, Maine. [3872×2592]

Whaleship CHARLES W. MORGAN / restoration work at Mystic, CT / built in 1841, world’s oldest surviving merchant vessel. [album][3264×2448]

Whaleship CHARLES W. MORGAN / restoration work at Mystic, CT / built in 1841, world’s oldest surviving merchant vessel. [album][3264×2448]

‘The Bolnisi inscriptions’ on Bolnisi Sioni cathedral dated to 5th century is One of the earliest surviving examples of the Georgian alphabet. [791×444]

‘The Bolnisi inscriptions’ on Bolnisi Sioni cathedral dated to 5th century is One of the earliest surviving examples of the Georgian alphabet. [791×444]

Folios 51 and 52 of the Codex Mendoza, one of the few surviving Aztec books; as seen at the Golden Kingdoms: Life and Luxury of the Ancient Americas exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 5th Avenue [1554×2048]

Folios 51 and 52 of the Codex Mendoza, one of the few surviving Aztec books; as seen at the Golden Kingdoms: Life and Luxury of the Ancient Americas exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 5th Avenue [1554×2048]