Iron and steel as the main metals used in ships

Identify iron and steel as the main metals used in ships


  • Iron: A transition metal and the most widely used metallic element.
  • Steel: An alloy of iron, containing less than 2% carbon, and varying amounts of other elements.
  • Iron and steel are the main metals that have been used to construct ships since the late-eighteenth century.
  • Iron and steel have been used to construct ships because they:
    • Are relatively hard.
    • Are mechanically strong.
    • Can be worked into different shapes and structures.
    • Can be welded.