ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Arts and Design»
  • Crafts & Handiwork»
  • Crafts for Kids

Historical Sailing Ships and Boats Coloring Pages

Updated on April 14, 2013

Coloring Pages for Adults and Children with Detailed Pictures of Vintage Sailing Ships and Boats

Looking for free printable boat coloring sheets? You've come to the right place. I've found that vintage illustrations are a great resource for anyone looking for pictures to color, especially if you need something a little bit more detailed than most. Sometimes it can be difficult to track down what you're looking for, so I've taken the trouble out of it by rounding up a bunch of my favorite vintage illustrations of sailing ships from a variety of public domain sources.

This page has a great collection of vintage drawings of classic sailing ships, which can be a fun and relaxing to color in for adults or a nice challenge for older children. These images also work great for teachers and homeschooling moms and dads as a teaching tool to help kids get interested in history, world culture, engineering, or even physics. There are many types of boats here, including a frigate, a junk ship, and a schooner.

Educational Videos About Boats - Use these cool videos to learn and teach all about ships and boat

There are some great educational videos available for free online to help learn - or teach - about boats and ships. Check these out if you're interested in learning more, or feel free to just keep scrolling to the pictures if you want to get straight to the coloring! :)

Simple Boat Coloring Pages

Simpler coloring pages are better for younger kids, and are a great place to start with teaching and learning about boats, how they work, and the various kind of boats and ships there are.

Sloop Ship Coloring Page

Historic Boat Coloring Page

Sailing Ship Coloring Pages

Pictures to Color of Different Types of Ships Under Sail

All of these coloring pictures depict ships under sail - being propelled across the water by the power to the wind. These images make great reference when teaching basic psychics and how the sails on boats work. Letting children color in the pictures while you explain the process helps engage the right side of the brain for more active learning.

Dogger Ship Coloring Page

Vintage Clipper Ship Drawing

Schooner Ship Coloring Sheet

Warship or Pirate Ship Coloring Pages

Pictures of Various European and American Warships to Color

These two ships are what young school children might often think of when they imagine pirate ships of the ships that crossed the Atlantic from Europe to the Americas during the Age of Discovery. The first picture is a Frigate, and the one after it is a Brigantine or Hermaphrodite Brig.

Coloring Page of a Sailing Ship Called a Frigate

Brigantine or Hermaphrodite Brig Coloring Picture

Asian and Eastern Ships to Color In

A few ships from the Eastern Hemisphere. It's really interesting to see how ships and boats from around the world compare. The first boat here is what's called a Junk Ship, from China. Next is a Proa that is from Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Thirdly is a Felucca, a Mediterranean design seen along the Nile and in the Red Sea.

Chinese Junk Ship Coloring Sheet

Proa Boat Coloring Page

A Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean Boat Called a Felucca

Riverboat Coloring Page

So far this is the only good coloring picture that I can find of a paddle wheel ship like you would see on rivers and lakes, especially around the mid-1800s. This one is called a stern-wheeler.

Steamboat Coloring Picture, a boat called a stern-wheeler

Buy Boat Coloring Books Online

If you need a more traditional coloring book instead of printable coloring pages, there are some great coloring books with detailed images of boats available to buy online. These make a nice gift or are a nice option for anyone without easy access to a printer.


American Sailing Ships Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book) [Paperback]


Sailing Ships Stained Glass Coloring Book (Dover Coloring Book) [Paperback]


Historic Sailing Ships Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book) [Paperback]


World War II Warships (Dover History Coloring Book) [Paperback]


Old Ship Figureheads Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book) [Paperback]


Shipwrecks and Sunken Treasures Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book) [Paperback]

Did you find the coloring pictures you were looking for? Please let me know if you fond what you needed, and if not let me know what kinds of boats you'd like to see as coloring pages and I will try to see if I can find any good vintage illustrations to add to this collection.

Drop me note about these boats!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      anonymous 4 years ago

      THESE ARE AWESOME!!!! I'm doing a personal scrapbook on tall ships and came across your site and was very happily surprised...in person I've seen the Halve Moon, HMS Rose, the Norfolk Rebel, the Unicorn (NOT as the Surprise), the Czerny and Pride of Maryland...want to see tons more!!!

    • craftycollector profile image

      craftycollector 5 years ago

      Some nice drawings of historic ship types.