Age of Sail  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

The Age of Sail refers to the era when sailing ships were an important means of transport. The term is normally used to refer to this era in Western countries, lasting from the 16th to the 19th centuries, with the 19th century peak called the Golden Age of Sail. However, in the Middle East and Far East the dominance of sailing ships began far earlier, in the 3rd or 2nd millennium BC.

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