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舟 Zhōu is a picture of a small boat:

You can still see the oar and a couple of people sitting in it.

It's not much used these days but it does appear in: 木舟 mùzhòu 'wooden boat' and many other characters.

船 Chuán is the modern common word for 'ship, boat':

艇 Tǐng is a small boat.

Common words: 潜艇 qiántǐng 'submarine', 舰艇 jiàntǐng 'war ship'

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