There are more than 340 ships here, but the initial list is only for famous ships names A→C. For other options, select .
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Famous Ships and Boats A-C
LAUNCHED: 1947 July 1 → FATE: Sank in the Indian Ocean on December 2, 1994 due to fire
Was the largest river cruise ship in the world, sailing the Mississippi from St. Louis; in 1979 converted to a land-based casino. She started out as the side-wheeled steel hulled steamboat, the Albatross; became the Admiral in the 1940s.
LAUNCHED: 1907 → FATE: Dismantled and sold for scrapped, 2011
Cargo ship that caught fire off the coast of Istria, Croatia and burned for 2 days. She was sailing from Istanbul to Trieste carrying 200 trucks, nine tons of dangerous material, and 100-200 tons of ship fuel. In spite of fears, there was no environmental damage.
LAUNCHED: 2001 June 29 → FATE: Being repaired
Captain Kidd's flag ship. Because she had become worm-eaten and leaky, Kidd ordered her to be burnt.
LAUNCHED: 1695 → FATE: Burnt and sunk at Saint Mary's Island, 1698
The first Royal Australian Navy submarine and the first allied vessel lost in World War I; she had a crew of 35. She was assigned to the capture of the German Pacific colony of assigned to the capture of the German Pacific colonies at the outbreak of the World War I.
LAUNCHED: 1913 May 22 → FATE: Lost at sea, September 14, 1914; her wreckage located at a depth of 300 meters off the Duke of York Islands
A mysterious ship in the British movie Triangle. The movie scenes include the exterior of the cruise liner which the director insisted on constructing to avoid shooting everything with green screens
LAUNCHED: 2009 movie release → FATE: Unknown
Boat used in the 1951 movie The African Queen, an adventure set during World War I, starring Humprey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. From 1912 to 1968, she shuttled cargo and passengers across Lake Albert in Africa. The steam engine in the movie was a prop and its original diesel engine was hidden under crates of gin and other cargo.
LAUNCHED: 1912 → FATE: Refurbished to service as a tourist boat in Key Largo, Florida.
A successful commerce raider that attacked Union merchant and naval ships during the American Civil War. She boarded nearly 450 vessels and captured or burned 65 Union merchant ships.
LAUNCHED: 1862 July 2 → FATE: Sunk in June 1864 by USS Kearsarge at the Battle of Cherbourg.
Research submarine that pioneered the teardrop hull of modern submarines. For more than two decades she provided the US Navy information and experience in making submarines faster, quieter, safer and more agile.
LAUNCHED: 1953 August 1 → FATE: 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.
Last Liberty ship built. Though currently landlocked, she is still in use as the home of Trident Seafoods as seen in other image.
LAUNCHED: 1945 September 26 → FATE: In 1964, converted to a fish cannery ship, renamed Star of Kodiak
LAUNCHED: 1862 May 1 → FATE: Sank in bad weather off Cape Hatteras April 2, 1863
Largest passenger ship ever constructed. She is actually about 50 millimeters longer than her sister ship, the Oasis of the Seas.
LAUNCHED: 2010 November 20 → FATE: Still in service
First Deep Submergence Vehicle (DSV) able to dive to 4,500 meters or 14,800 feet. She was lost October of 1968 when she accidentally sank in 1500 meters of water; was recovered in August of 1969 and refurbished.
LAUNCHED: 1964 June 5 → FATE: Still in service
Won the Royal Yacht Squadron's 53 mile regatta around the Isle of Wight, August 22, 1851. The international sailing trophy, America's Cup, is named after her. During the American Civil War, she served in the Union blockading squadron off Charleston, then after the war as a training ship at the Naval Academy.
LAUNCHED: 1851 May 3 → FATE: In disrepair, her remains burned in Annapolis in 1945
Largest steamboat ever built, as of 2012. In 2012 she participated for the first time in the Great Steamboat Race and came in second.
LAUNCHED: 1995 → FATE: Still in operation on the Mississippi River
Subject of the 1957 movie Yangtse Incident, an actual event in April of 1949 during the Chinese Civil War. In the movie, she played herself. During World War II, she was deployed mostly on anti-submarine patrols and escort duties.
LAUNCHED: 1943 May 7 → FATE: Scrapped January 19, 1957
First ship to officially transit the Panama Canal on August, 15 1914. (Sister ship Cristobal made the first unofficial transit on August 3, 1914). She was acquired by the US Navy from the US Army for troop transport just after the end of World War I.
LAUNCHED: 1902 → FATE: As the USS Ancon (ID-1467), she was decommissioned on July 25, 1919
Collided with the MS Stockholm in the Atlantic and sank; 52 people died. 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.
LAUNCHED: 1953 January 14 → FATE: Sank July 26, 1956
LAUNCHED: 1978 → FATE: Lost at sea October 28, 1991
A fictional ship in the movie Ghost Ship. 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.
LAUNCHED: 1962 first scene takes place in May → FATE: Last scene takes place in 1966
First ship propelled by a screw drive. 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.
LAUNCHED: 1839 October 18 → FATE: Sank in the Meuse River during a storm on March 1, 1864
The ship on which Jason and the Argonauts are said to have sailed from Iolcos to retrieve the Golden Fleece. Legend has it that the Argo was built by the shipwright Argus, and its crew were specially protected by the goddess Hera.
LAUNCHED: 1300 BC, perhaps → FATE: Unknown
First Aircraft carrier to have a full flight deck and a lift. She was built from the incomplete Italian ocean liner Conte Rosso and served extensively in both world wars.
LAUNCHED: 1917 December 2 → FATE: Scrapped December 1946
LAUNCHED: 1865 → FATE: Went missing in early 1872
The sunken ship lies in Pearl Harbor with a memorial above it honoring the lost of 1177 crew. The sunken ship continues to leak about a quart of oil per day into the harbor.
LAUNCHED: 1915 June 19 → FATE: Sunk during the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack
LAUNCHED: 1587 → FATE: Accidentally sunk in April of 1636; raised and broken up in 1638
LAUNCHED: 1887 → FATE: Renovated and on display at Seattle's South Lake Union Park
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. 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.
LAUNCHED: 1697 → FATE: Wrecked of the Isles of Scilly October 22, 1707
One of the deadliest civilian maritime disaster in history killing 535 people. The greatest disaster for the White Star Line prior to the loss of Titanic 39 years later.
LAUNCHED: 1871 June 8 → FATE: Ran onto rocks and sank off the coast of Nova Scotia April 1, 1873
First winning challenge to the New York Yacht Club's 132 year hold on the America's Cup during the 1983 America's Cup Race. The legality of her winged keel, which gave her advantage in maneuverability and heeling moment, was challenged by the NYYC but upheld.
As of 2017, the world's largest private yacht with extravagant features and accommodations. At an estimated cost of US $605,000,000, she has a top speed of over 32 knots and carries a submarine and a missile defense system.
LAUNCHED: 2013 April 5 → FATE: At sea, but not for charter
A museum ship on display at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, California. In 2012, she was used as a prop in the movie Phantom. Another B-39 is rusting in England. See Black Widow.
LAUNCHED: 1967 April 15 → FATE: Decommissioned April 1994; now a museum ship at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, California
LAUNCHED: 1942 October 27 → FATE: Sunk as a target off Florida on September 6,1963
A fictional ship in the movie Gift Horse on a one-way mission in World War II to destroy a German-held dry dock in France; based on HMS Campbeltown and the St Nazaire Raid. The USS Twiggs was turned over to the Royal Navy in 1940 to become HMS Leamington. From 1944-1949, she served under the Russian flag, then was returned to Great Britain in 1950 where she appeared in the movie
LAUNCHED: 1951 movie release; USS Twiggs launched September 1918 → FATE: After appearing in the movie, she was scrapped at Newport, Wales in 1951.
The original ship was made famous by the mutiny and massacre of over 125 crew and passengers . The replica was built with traditional materials using the tools and methods as in the original Batavia's construction.
Known as a ghost ship and seen numerous times since, her last sighting in 1969. She was taken by Great Britain as part of Germany's WW I reparations and acquired by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1921.
LAUNCHED: 1914 → FATE: Abandoned and lost along the Alaska coast, November, 1931
She carried Charles Darwin on his historic expedition beginning in 1831. Robert FitzRoy was captain during thehistoric round-the-world trip. In 1845 the Beagle was refitted as a static coastguard watch vessel.
LAUNCHED: 1820 May 11 → FATE: Sold for scrap in 1870
LAUNCHED: 1914 → FATE: Restored in 1964, still in use at Louisville, Kentucky
The protocol "women and children first" originated on this sinking ship. Only 193 of the 643 people on board survived. Over the years, numerous attempts have been made to salvage the gold thought on board.
LAUNCHED: 1845 December 30 → FATE: Struck a hidden reef and sank February 26, 1852
LAUNCHED: 1939 February 14 → FATE: Sunk by British forces May 27, 1941 in the North Atlantic
The rusting boat had been a museum ship for several years in England but now is privately owned awaiting. Sold by the Soviet Navy in 1998, she became a museum ship in England in the early 2000s in Folkestone and in Strood on River Medway. Another Foxtrot B-39 is moored at San Diego as a museum ship (see B-39).
LAUNCHED: 1966 December 24 → FATE: Decommissioned in 1994 and sold; she is in a state of disrepair currently awaiting restoration.
Set 7 world water speed records between 1955-1964, reaching 276.3 mph or 444.7 km/h. Developed and piloted by Donald Campbell.
LAUNCHED: 1955 → FATE: Flipped and disintegrated at high speed on Coniston Water January 4, 1967, killing Donald Campbell
Featured on the Canadian dime and once on a Canadian 50 cent postage stamp and appears on the Nova Scotia licence plate. During its racing career Bluenose was never beaten and held the International Fisherman's Trophy for 18 consecutive years.
LAUNCHED: 1921 March 26 → FATE: Struck a coral reef and abandoned off Haiti on January 28, 1946
LAUNCHED: 1766 → FATE: Sank in battle off the coast of Yorkshire September 25, 1779
First woman to circumnavigate the globe on board, Jeanne Baret, disguised as man. She is also famous as the exploration ship of Louis Antoine de Bougainville, 1766-1769. Other image is commemorative stamp issued.
LAUNCHED: 1766 March 25 → FATE: Broken up for firewood at Malta in early 1800
A reconstruction of the original 1787 Royal Navy ship built for the 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty. She also appeared in the 1989 movie Treasure Island and the 2006 and 2007 movies Pirates of the Caribbean. Over the years, she was also used for promotion, entertainment, education.
LAUNCHED: 1960 August 27 → FATE: Sank near North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012
LAUNCHED: 1784 → FATE: Was burned by the mutineers on January 23, 1790
Former Royal Yacht of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, and where Prince Charles and Diana took their honeymoon. During her service as Royal Yacht conveying members of the Royal Family and various dignitaries, she steamed 1,087,623 nautical miles or 2,014,278 km.
LAUNCHED: 1953 April 16 → FATE: Decommissioned December 11, 1997, now a museum ship at Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland
Largest ship lost during the World War I. Launched just before the start of the World War I, she was put to use as a hospital ship in 1915.
LAUNCHED: 1914 February 26 → FATE: Struck a mine and sank off the Greek island of Kea November 21, 1916, with the loss of 30 lives
LAUNCHED: 1951 (movie, 1954) → FATE: Unknown
First ship sunk by a naval mine; first vessel of the City class ironclads. Served with the Army's Western Gunboat Fleet during the American Civil War. Remnants of the gunboat are in a museum in the Vicksburg National Military Park.
LAUNCHED: 1861 → FATE: Sunk by a naval mine in the Yazoo River, December 12, 1862
Oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau sailed her as a mobile laboratory for field research. During World War II she served as a minesweeper. Carried advanced equipment, including mini submarines.
LAUNCHED: 1941 March 21, converted in 1950 → FATE: Sank in 1996, raised, neglected, and now being restored in Brittany
A most famous ship in the St. Nazaire Raid in 1942 when, packed with explosives, she was rammed into a German port and detonated. The ship and the raid were depicted in the movie Gift Horse. (See Ballantrae, HMS)
LAUNCHED: 1919 January 2 as USS Buchanan; given to Britain and recommissioned as HMS Campbeltown in 1940 → FATE: Destroyed March 28, 1942 in the Saint Nazaire Raid, World War II.
Her sinking was one of the biggest maritime losses of life during World War II. Only 350 of the 4,500 former concentration camp inmates aboard the ship survived.
LAUNCHED: 1927 May 14 → FATE: Sank on 3 May 1945 after being attacked by an RAF squadron.
Became famous for rescuing survivors of RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912. After sailing through dangerous ice fields, she arrived at the sinking Titanic at 4:00 am and took on 705 survivors from lifeboats.
LAUNCHED: 1902 August 6 → FATE: Sunk in the Atlantic on July 17, 1918 during WW-I by a German U-boat
A famous maritime mystery after she was found with her crew of 11 missing. 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.
LAUNCHED: 1919 → FATE: Found wrecked off Cape Hatteras on January 31, 1921; scuttled on March 4
LAUNCHED: 1943 September 12 → FATE: Docked at the Boston Navy Yard as a museum ship as a museum ship.
Sank in a hurricane in 1857, along with 400 passengers and crew and 30,000 pounds of gold. Originally named SS George Law; came to be known as “the ship of gold”.
LAUNCHED: 1852 October 28 → FATE: Sank September 12, 1857 about 160 miles east of Cape Hattera
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. During her life, she never left Port Philip Bay and never fired in anger.
LAUNCHED: 1868 December 2 → FATE: Sunk as breakwater September 2, 1926 off Half Moon Bay becoming a popular site for scuba diving.
Undertook the first global marine research expedition. Flagship of the Australia Station between 1866 and 1870.
LAUNCHED: 1858 February 13 → FATE: Broken up for her copper end in England, January, 1921
On her maiden voyage, she set a record for the fastest run in 24 hours of 465 nautical miles or 861 km. She was the speedy passenger ship built for the run from Liverpool, England to Melbourne, Australia.
LAUNCHED: 1854 April 19 → FATE: Abandoned off Cape Horn in leaking condition in 1877
World's oldest surviving merchant vessel; America's only surviving wooden whaleship. After a 5-year, multi-million dollar restoration, she set sail again, July, 2013.
First towing steamboat and first practical steamboat (second overall); the boat demonstrated the practicality of steam power for ships. Develop by William Symington, the boat employed a horizontal steam engine directly linked to a crank.
LAUNCHED: 1801 → FATE: Unknown
Famous yacht of Ari Onassis and his wife, former first lady, Jackie Kennedy. 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.
LAUNCHED: 1943 July 14 → FATE: Available for charter cruises from many ports
The world's oldest surviving clipper ship. 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.
LAUNCHED: 1864 May 7 → FATE: Out of service since 1948, current being restored
First enduring and financially successful steamboat, running on the Hudson River. She was 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.
LAUNCHED: 1807 August 17 → FATE: Retired in 1814, scrapped
Suicide attack against it on October 12, 2000. Seventeen American sailors were killed in the incident while harbored in the Yemeni port of Aden.
LAUNCHED: 1995 February 10 → FATE: Still in service
LAUNCHED: 2006 December 15 → FATE: Still in service
After many battles and much glory, she lost her way and ran aground and sunk with one fatality. In 1974, fragments from the Colossus were discovered and reconstructed and are now displayed at the British Museum in London.
LAUNCHED: 1787 April → FATE: Wrecked of the Isles of Scilly December 10, 1798
First American ship to circumnavigate the globe. In 1792, Captain Robert Gray in command, she was the first ship to enter the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.
LAUNCHED: 1787 → FATE: Salvaged in 1806
The last sail-only warship designed and built by the U.S. Navy. This flagship of the USN African Squadron from 1859-1861 disrupted the African slave trade off the coast of Africa.
LAUNCHED: 1854 August 26 → FATE: On display at Annapolis, Maryland as a museum ship
Oldest commissioned ship afloat in the world. Larger and more heavily armed than the standard frigates of the period.
LAUNCHED: 1797 October 21 → FATE: On display at the Boston Navy Yard as a museum ship
Largest cruise ship disaster; ran aground on a reef off Isola del Giglio and capsized; 32 people dead. In 2008, she suffered damage to her bow when high winds pushed the ship alongside its dock.
LAUNCHED: 2005 September 2 → FATE: Capsized January 13, 2012
Lost China-to-London race to ship called Thermopylae. She is one of three remaining original composite construction (wooden hull on an iron frame) clipper ships from the nineteenth century.
LAUNCHED: 1869 November 22 → FATE: Now preserved in dry dock in Greenwich, England
The number of Ships and Boats A-C listed is 74
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