There are more than 300 ships here, but the initial list is only for famous ships names A-C. For other options, select . The term 'movies' includes books, and TV shows.
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(To start with) Famous Ships and Boats A-C
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Vessel Type — Claim to Fame
Launched … Demise — Notes
Dutch cruise ship
Hijacked in 1985 by 4 men representing the PLF; one passenger killed and thrown overboard
1947 July 1 … Sank in the Indian Ocean on December 2, 1994 due to fire
On January 6, 1953, she collided in the Red Sea with MS Oranje, heading in the opposite direction.
Was the largest river cruise ship in the world, sailing the Mississippi from St. Louis; in 1979 converted to a land-based casino
1907 … Dismantled and sold for scrapped, 2011
Started out as the side-wheeled steel hulled steamboat, the Albatross; became the Admiral in the 1940s.
Turkish cargo ship
Cargo ship that caught fire off the coast of Istria, Croatia and burned for 2 days
2001 June 29 … Being repaired
Captain Kidd's flag ship
1695 … Burnt and sunk at Saint Mary's Island, 1698
Because she had become worm-eaten and leaky, Kidd ordered her to be burnt.
Boat used in the 1951 movie The African Queen,an adventure set during World War I, starring Humprey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn
1912 … Refurbished to service as a tourist boat in Key Largo, Florida.
From 1912 to 1968 she shuttled cargo and passengers across Lake Albert in Africa.
American Confederate screw sloop-of-war
A successful commerce raider that attacked Union merchant and naval ships during the American Civil War
1862 July 2 … Sunk in June 1864 by USS Kearsarge at the Battle of Cherbourg.
She boarded nearly 450 vessels and captured or burned 65 Union merchant ships.
Research submarine that pioneered the teardrop hull of modern submarines
1953 August 1 … Decommissioned December 9, 1972. When being towed to a permanent display site in April 1984, she became stuck in the mud of Portsmouth Harbor. In 1985, she was dedicated there as a memorial.
For more than two decades she provided the US Navy information and experience in making submarines faster, quieter, safer and more agile.
American liberty ship
Last Liberty ship built
1945 September 26 … In 1964, converted to a fish cannery ship, renamed Star of Kodiak
Though currently landlocked, she is still in use as the home of Trident Seafoods. (See other image).
First U.S. Navy submarine
1862 May 1 … Sank in bad weather off Cape Hatteras April 2, 1863
Norwegian cruise ship
Largest passenger ship ever constructed
2010 November 20 … Still in service
She is actually about 50 millimeters longer than her sister ship, the Oasis of the Seas.
American research vessel; submersible
First Deep Submergence Vehicle (DSV) able to dive to 4,500 meters (14,800 feet)
1964 June 5 … Still in service
She was lost October of 1968 when she accidentally sank in 1500 meters of water; was recovered in August of 1969 and refurbished.
1851 May 3 … In disrepair, her remains burned in Annapolis in 1945
The international sailing trophy, America's Cup, is name after her. During the Civil War, she served in the Union blockading squadron off Charleston, then after the war as a training ship at the Naval Academy.
American river paddle steamboat; stern-wheeler
Largest steamboat ever built, as of 2012
1995 … Still in operation on the Mississippi River
In 2012 she participated for the first time in the Great Steamboat Race and came in second.
British modified Black Swan class sloop
1943 May 7 … Scrapped January 19, 1957
During World War II, she was deployed mostly on anti-submarine patrols and escort duties.
First ship to officially transit the Panama Canal on August, 15 1914. (Sister ship Cristobal made the first unofficial transit on August 3, 1914)
1902 … As the USS Ancon (ID-1467), she was decommissioned on July 25, 1919
She was acquired by the US Navy from the US Army for troop transport just after the end of World War I.
Italian ocean liner
Collided with the MS Stockholm in the Atlantic and sank; 52 people died
1953 January 14 … Sank July 26, 1956
Of all Italy's ships at the time she was the largest, fastest and supposedly safest. She was the last major transatlantic passenger ship to sink.
American fishing vessel
Lost at sea off the coast of Massachusetts with six crew during "The Perfect Storm" of 1991
1978 … Lost at sea October 28, 1991
The tragedy was the basis of the 1997 book and 2000 movie The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger.
Italian ocean liner
A fictional ship in the movie Ghost Ship
1962 first scene takes place in May … Last scene takes place in 1966
The plot follows a salvage crew that discovers a long-lost passenger ship floating lifeless in a remote region of the Bering Sea... and horrors abound.
First ship propelled by a screw drive
1839 October 18 … Sank in the Meuse River during a storm on March 1, 1864
The advantages over side paddlewheel propulsion persuaded the Royal Navy to build the steam sloop-of-war HMS Rattler, the first British warship to adopt a screw propeller.
Greek galley, legendary
1300 BC, perhaps … unknown
Legend has it that the Argo was built by the shipwright Argus, and its crew were specially protected by the goddess Hera.
British aircraft carrier
First Aircraft carrier to have a full flight deck and a lift.
1917 December 2 … Scrapped December 1946
She was built from the incomplete Italian ocean liner Conte Rosso and served extensively in both world wars.
English clipper ship
1865 … Went missing in early 1872
On September 6, 1866, the Taeping docked twenty minutes ahead of Ariel.
The sunken ship lies in Pearl Harbor with a memorial above it honoring the crew lost
1915 June 19 … Sunk during the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack
The sunken ship continues to leak about a quart of oil per day into the harbor.
English flagship that fought against the Spanish Armada
1587 … Accidentally sunk in April of 1636; raised and broken up in 1638
One of the oldest wooden-hulled tugboats afloat in the United States
1887 … Renovated and on display at Seattle's South Lake Union Park
She was cast by MGM to play in the 1933 movie Tugboat Annie. (See other image )
British second-rate ship of the line
After serving with distinction at the capture of Gibraltar, she ended up lost in a storm and wrecked with 3 other ships with the loss of nearly 2,000 lives.
1697 … Wrecked of the Isles of Scilly October 22, 1707
The rediscovery of the Association and so many historical artefacts led to legislation such as the Protection of Wrecks Act to preserve British historic wreck sites.
English ocean liner with sails and steam
One of the deadliest civilian maritime disaster in history killing 535 people
1871 June 8 … Ran onto rocks and sank off the coast of Nova Scotia April 1, 1873
The greatest disaster for the White Star Line prior to the loss of Titanic 39 years later.
Australian racing yacht
The legality of her winged keel, which gave her advantage in maneuverability and heeling moment, was challenged by the NYYC but upheld.
1942 October 27 … Sunk as a target off Florida on September 6,1963
She served ten patrols in World War II, then in training exercises afterwards.
(Originally the Angermanelfven)
German cargo ship, then British; steel-hulled
Known as a ghost ship and seen numerous times since, her last sighting in 1969
1914 … Abandoned and lost along the Alaska coast, November, 1931
She was taken by Great Britain as part of Germany's WW I reparations and acquired by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1921.
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She carried Charles Darwin on his historic expedition beginning in 1831
1820 May 11 … Sold for scrap in 1870
Robert FitzRoy was captain during thehistoric round-the-world trip. In 1845 the Beagle was refitted as a static coastguard watch vessel.
(Originally named the Idlewild)
American steamboat, paddle, stern-wheeler
Oldest continually operating river steamboat in the United States
1914 … Restored in 1964, still in use at Louisville, Kentucky
British frigate, steamer
The protocol "women and children first" originated on this sinking ship.
1845 December 30 … Struck a hidden reef and sank February 26, 1852
Only 193 of the 643 people on board survived. Over the years, numerous attempts have been made to salvage the gold thought on board.
At the Battle of Denmark Straits, May, 1941, sunk the British battlecruiser HMS Hood.
1939 February 14 … Sunk by British forces May 27, 1941 in the North Atlantic
Relentlessly pursued and sunk by the Royal Navy following Winston Churchill's order “Sink the Bismarck”.
British hydroplane, jet powered
Set 7 world water speed records between 1955-1964, reaching 276.3 mph (444.7 km/h)
1955 … Flipped and disintegrated at high speed on Coniston Water January 4, 1967, killing Donald Campbell
Developed and piloted by Donald Campbell.
Canadian schooner, fishing and racing
Featured on the Canadian dime and once on a Canadian 50 cent postage stamp and appears on the Nova Scotia licence plate
1921 March 26 … Struck a coral reef and abandoned off Haiti on January 28, 1946
During its racing career Bluenose was never beaten and held the International Fisherman's Trophy for 18 consecutive years.
Warship commanded by John Paul Jones
1766 … Sank in battle off the coast of Yorkshire September 25, 1779
Canadian collier, three-mast (American owned)
A reconstruction of the original 1787 Royal Navy ship built for the 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty
1960 August 27 … Sank near North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012
English collier, three-mast
1784 … Was burned by the mutineers on January 23, 1790
Its mission was to pick up breadfruit plants from Tahiti and transport them to the West Indies.
1953 April 16 … Decommissioned December 11, 1997, now a museum ship at Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland
During her service as Royal Yacht conveying members of the Royal Family and various dignitaries, she steamed 1,087,623 nautical miles (2,014,278 km).
British ocean liner
Largest ship lost during the World War I.
1914 February 26 … Struck a mine and sank off the Greek island of Kea November 21, 1916, with the loss of 30 lives
Launched just before the start of the World War I, she was put to use as a hospital ship in 1915.
American destroyer minesweeper
1951 (movie, 1954) … continues
In the movie, the USS Thompson (DD-627) was used as the USS Caine.
American gunboat ;ironclad
First ship sunk by a naval mine; first vessel of the City class ironclads
1861 … sunk by a naval mine in the Yazoo River, December 12, 1862
American minesweeper; refitted for research
Oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau sailed her as a mobile laboratory for field research
1941 March 21 … Sank in 1996, raised, neglected, and now being restored in Brittany
Carried advanced equipment, including mini submarines.
German ocean liner
Her sinking was one of the biggest maritime losses of life during World War II
1927 May 14 … Sank on 3 May 1945 after being attacked by an RAF squadron.
Only 350 of the 4,500 former concentration camp inmates aboard the ship survived.
Became famous for rescuing survivors of RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912
1902 August 6 … Sunk in the Atlantic on July 17, 1918 during WW-I by a German U-boat
After sailing through dangerous ice fields, she arrived at the sinking Titanic at 4:00 am and took on 705 survivors from lifeboats.
American five-masted commercial schooner
A famous maritime mystery after she was found with her crew of 11 missing
1919 … Found wrecked off Cape Hatteras on January 31, 1921; scuttled on March 4
Theories of her demise include piracy, mutiny, hurricane, and paranormal events. Nine other ships also disappeared without a trace in that same area at about the same time.
American destroyer in World War II
One of only four surviving Fletcher-class destroyers still afloat.
1943 September 12 … Docked at the Boston Navy Yard as a museum ship as a museum ship.
Named for Captain Cassin Young (1894-1942), who was killed in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.
American paddle steamboat, stern-wheeler; three-masted
Sank in a hurricane in 1857, along with 400 passengers and crew and 30,000 pounds of gold
1852 October 28 … Sank September 12, 1857 about 160 miles east of Cape Hattera
Originally named SS George Law; came to be known as “the ship of gold”.
Australian breastwork monitor; iron-clad
On her maiden voyage from Chatham, England to Melbourne, Australia, she traveled 123 days and over 12,700 miles(20,400 km) with the assistance of temporary sails and frequent stops to refuel wherever possible .
1868 December 2 … Sunk as breakwater September 2, 1926 off Half Moon Bay becoming a popular site for scuba diving.
During her life, she never left Port Philip Bay and never fired in anger.
British corvette; steam-assisted
Undertook the first global marine research expedition
1858 February 13 … Broken up for her copper end in England, January, 1921
Flagship of the Australia Station between 1866 and 1870.
English clipper ship
On her maiden voyage, she set a record for the fastest run in 24 hours of 465 nautical miles (861 km)
1854 April 19 … Abandoned off Cape Horn in leaking condition in 1877
American whaling ship
World's oldest surviving merchant vessel; America's surviving wooden whaleship
After a 5-year, multi-million dollar restoration, she set sail again, July, 2013.
(formerly HMCS Stormont, K327 & Argo) christinax
Greek luxury yacht
1943 July 14 … Available for charter cruises from many ports
Originally a Canadian built anti-submarine River-class frigate, after WWII, she was purchased by Onassis, refitted as one the largest yachts in the world, and hosted many famous personalities.
English clipper ship
The world's oldest surviving clipper ship
1864 May 7 … Out of service since 1948, current being restored
From 1923-1948, she was commissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Carrick. She is part of the National Historic Ships of the United Kingdom.
(Officially North River Steamboat)
American river steamboat
First enduring and financially successful steamboat, running on the Hudson River
1807 August 17 … Retired in 1814, scrapped
Never known as Clermont at the time, but North River Steamboat. After it was lengthened and refitted in 1808 at Clermont, NY, it was named the North River.
Suicide attack against it on October 12, 2000
1995 February 10 … Still in service
Seventeen American sailors were killed in the incident while harbored in the Yemeni port of Aden.
Norwegian cruise ferry
The largest cruise ferry in the world
2006 December 15 … Still in service
British third-rate ship of the line
After many battles and much glory, she lost her way and ran aground and sunk.
1787 April … Wrecked of the Isles of Scilly December 10, 1798
In 1974, fragments from the Colossus were discovered and reconstructed and are now displayed at the British Museum in London.
(Also see the original USS Constellation)
The last sail-only warship designed and built by the U.S. Navy
1854 August 26 … On display at Annapolis, Maryland as a museum ship
This flagship of the USN African Squadron from 1859-1861 disrupted the African slave trade off the coast of Africa.
(Nicknamed Old Ironsides)
American three-masted heavy frigate
Oldest commissioned ship afloat in the world
1797 October 21 … On display at the Boston Navy Yard as a museum ship
Larger and more heavily armed than the standard frigates of the period.
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Italian cruise ship
Largest cruise ship disaster; ran aground on a reef off Isola del Giglio and capsized; 32 people dead
2005 September 2 … Capsized, January 13, 2012
In 2008, she suffered damage to her bow when high winds pushed the ship alongside its dock.
English clipper ship
Lost China-to-London race to ship called Thermopylae
1869 November 22 … Now preserved in dry dock in Greenwich, England
She is one of three remaining original composite construction (wooden hull on an iron frame) clipper ships from the nineteenth century.
The number of ships listed is 63
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