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 D-H
First victim of a hydrogen bomb died of radiation poisoning because the ship was too near the test zone. On on March 1, 1954, the boat was contaminated by nuclear fallout from the US's Castle Bravo thermonuclear test on Bikini. On Sept. 23, 1954, the ship's radio operator, Aikichi Kuboyama, succumbed.
LAUNCHED: 1947 → FATE: Now on display in Tokyo at the Tokyo Metropolitan Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall
LAUNCHED: 1886 → FATE: Unknown
First destroyer-type ship. Created to defend against torpedo boats. She was described at the time as the "fastest boat ever" having achieved a speed over 28 knots.
LAUNCHED: 1893 November 25 → FATE: Scrapped in 1912
A cigar-shaped boat with explosives on the end of a spar projecting forward from her bow. Surface vessel designed to operate very low in the water, resembling a submarine.
LAUNCHED: 1863 → FATE: Unknown
First warship to be propelled by a steam engine. Designed by Robert Fulton, with the steam engine between a double hull, no other ship like her was ever built. See other image for cross view of her structure.
LAUNCHED: 1815 → FATE: Accidentally blown up in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, June 4, 1829
Largest British ship ever to have been lost at sea. All 42 crew members and two wives were lost with the ship during Typhoon Orchid in 1980.
LAUNCHED: 1976 June → FATE: Sank south of Japan September 9, 1980
Lead ship of her class serving in the German Kriegsmarine before and during World War II. Renamed Lützow in November of 1939, because Adolf Hitler feared loss of a ship named Deutschland would make for bad propaganda.
LAUNCHED: 1931 May 19 → FATE: Sunk in the Baltic sea July 20, 1947
First of five Deutschland class pre-dreadnought battleships built for the Kaiserliche Marine between 1903 and 1906. With the launching of the big-gun English HMS Dreadnought battleship, the SMS Deutschland became obsolete.
LAUNCHED: 1904 November 19 → FATE: Scrapped in 1920
First submarine to cross the Atlantic Ocean. She was a blockade-breaking German merchant submarine used during World War I.
LAUNCHED: 1916 March 28; converted 1917 June → FATE: Broken up at Morecambe, England in 1922
The ship that carried Scott and Shackleton on their first successful journey to the Antarctic. She was locked in the ice of the Antarctic for two years. The ship was eventually freed in February, 1904 by the use of controlled explosives.
LAUNCHED: 1901 March 21 → FATE: Museum ship in Dundee, Scotland)
A collision with MT Vector in 1987 resulted in the deadliest ferry disaster in history in peace time; possibly 4375 lives lost. Originally named Himeyuri Maru while plying Japanese waters, in 1975 Sulpicio Lines renamed her Don Sulpicio, and later Doña Paz.
LAUNCHED: 1963 April 25 → FATE: Collided with the oil tanker, caught fire and sank December 20, 1987
First "all-big-gun" armament and steam turbine propulsion. She revolutionized naval power; started naval arms race.
LAUNCHED: 1906 February 10 → FATE: Sold for scrap in 1923
First steamship to circumnavigation the globe. She was the first steamship to visit New Zealand, arriving January 1846, and was involved in the New Zealand Wars.
LAUNCHED: 1840 December 24 → FATE: Wrecked on Mayaguana Island on August 3,1861
First authenticated European discovery of Australia, 1606. Prior to finding Australia, she explored much of South Pacific including the "Spice Islands" as part of the Dutch East Inda Company fleet. Her replica was built in Australia.
One of the oldest tourist attractions in New Zealand carrying passengersacross Lake Wakatipu. She made a cameo appearance in the 2008 movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as an Amazon River boat.
LAUNCHED: 1912 February 24 → FATE: Still in use
Largest loss of life from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes. On the morning of July 24, 1915, the ship, being top-heavy, rolled over while docked in the Chicago River, killing 844 passengers and crew.
LAUNCHED: 1903 May 6 → FATE: Sunk July 24, 1915; raised, converted to a gunboat, renamed USS Wilmette February, 1918; sold for scrap in October of 1946
One of the largest private motor yacht at 162.5 meters (533 feet), costing over a billion dollars. She has two helicopter pads, 24 guest cabins, two swimming pools, and several hot tubs, and is also equipped with three launch boats and a mini-submarine.
LAUNCHED: 2009 June 12 → FATE: Still in use
Sank suddenly during a gale storm on Lake Superior without a distress signal. All 29 crew members were lost gaining it the appellation "Titanic of the Great Lakes." The wreck was found 17 miles from Whitefish Bay 4 days later.
LAUNCHED: 1958 June 7 → FATE: Lost in a storm on November 10, 1975
A rusted ship lost at sea with a crew of 33 in a hurricane. In 2003, prior to the invasion of Iraq, the vessel ferried U.S. Marines and supplies from California to Kuwait.
LAUNCHED: 1974 November 1 → FATE: Sank in Hurricane Joaquin on October 1, 2015
First of the larger container ships. She was once dubbed SS Santa because she was bound for the United Kingdom from China loaded with Christmas goods. During construction, welding work caused a fire that spread throughout the ship.
LAUNCHED: 2006 May 18 → FATE: Still in service
Carried 493 West Indian immigrants from Jamaica wishing to start a new life in the England, on June 22, 1948. Before World War II, she was used for cruises by the Nazi Party to reward party members for services to the Party. Image shown is of sister-ship Empire Doon.
LAUNCHED: 1930 December 4 → FATE: Sank in the Mediterranean Sea in March 30, 1954
First American merchant vessel to enter Chinese waters. She returned to New York after a round voyage of fourteen months and twenty-four days.
LAUNCHED: 1783 → FATE: Unknown
Collided with a Norwegian collier in 1914 claiming 1012 lives, the worst Canadian maritime accident in peacetime. The wreck lies in 40 meters (130 ft) of water, making it accessible to divers. Many artifacts from the wreckage are on display at the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père in Rimouski, Quebec.
LAUNCHED: 1906 January 27 → FATE: Sank in the Saint Lawrence River following a collision May 29, 1914
James Cook's ship during his voyage to explore the Pacific Ocean and Terra Australis Incognita. She became the first ship to reach the east coast of Australia, at Botany Bay in April 1770, and went on to circumnavigate the world.
LAUNCHED: 1764 June → FATE: Later renamed Lord Sandwich. Scuttled in a blockade of Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, in 1778
LAUNCHED: 1912 December 12 → FATE: Crushed by pack ice in the Weddell Sea in 1915
World's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier and the eighth U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name. As one of the oldest carriers in the fleet, she was deactivated in 2012 at which time a Gerald R. Ford class carrier, CVN-80, will inherit the name Enterprise.
LAUNCHED: 1960 September 24 → FATE: Put in storage, 2017
LAUNCHED: 2006 → FATE: Still in service
Basis of Nathaniel Philbrick's book In the Heart of the Sea and the movie as well as the inspiration for Herman Melville's 1851 classic novel Moby-Dick. She left Nantucket in 1819 on a whaling voyage in the South Pacific with 21 aboard. It was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in the Pacific Ocean. Only two men survived.
LAUNCHED: 1800 around → FATE: Sunk in the southern Pacific November 20, 1820
Worst ship disaster in the Baltic Sea in peacetime, costing 852 lives. She was the largest Estonian-owned ship of the time. She was originally named MS Viking Sally, 1980; then renamed MS Silja Star in 1991; then MS Wasa King in 1993.
LAUNCHED: 1980 April 26 → FATE: Capsized and sunk in the Baltic Sea on September 28, 1994
Stand-in for several different ship for the British TV series Horatio Hornblower, 1998-2003. The a three-masted frigate was built specifically to represent a generic Nelson-age warship, with her design inspired by HMS Blandford, 1741.
LAUNCHED: 1997 September → FATE: Sold to a French company and now on exhibit at Saint-Malo, Brittany
The largest wooden passenger ferry ever built, certified to carry 3,500 people. She was the last example of the fleet of ferry boats carrying passengers and vehicles across the San Francisco Bay.
LAUNCHED: 1890 → FATE: Preserved at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Spilled millions of gallons of crude oil in Prince William Sound. Ran aground trying to avoid ice; later named Sea River Mediterranean.
LAUNCHED: 1986 October 14 → FATE: Still in use
The first deliberately-planned showboat, created by British-born actor William Chapman, Sr.; replaced by a new steamboat with a stage and named Steamboat Theatre. In 1914, circus actors James Adams and his wife launched the James Adams Floating Theatre, a showboat that would tour the Chesapeake Bay as seen in other image.
LAUNCHED: 1831 and 1836 → FATE: Both unknown
Sailed from New York to San Francisco in 89 days, more than 16,000 miles. Its navigator was a woman, Eleanor Creesy.
LAUNCHED: 1851 → FATE: Went aground at Saint John, New Brunswick June 19, 1874
A legendary ghost ship that is doomed to sail the seas forever. She is much cited in movies, TV, books and other amusements.
LAUNCHED: 1790 first reference → FATE: Casting about forever
Subject of intense deep-sea diving and salvage. In 1960, a portion of the cargo was salvaged by an Italian company. In 2001, a team of Danish and British divers re-discovered the lost shipwreck almost 50 years after she had sunk.
LAUNCHED: 1944 March → FATE: Sank south of Cornwall, England January 10, 1952
Used in expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic regions by the Norwegian explorers. Most likely the strongest ship ever built; sailed farthest north and south than any other wooden ship.
LAUNCHED: 1989 → FATE: Still in operation
First to carry frozen meat across the ocean; from Argentina to France. The first commercially successful shipment of frozen meat that launched the industry was by the steamship Dunedin from New Zealand to England in 1882 as shown in other image.
LAUNCHED: 1876 → FATE: Sank after a collision with British coal freighter Rumney along the coast of France in March of 1884
LAUNCHED: 1938 → FATE: Sunk by torpedo on February 17, 1944
First aircraft carrier; her forward turret was removed and a flight deck was added in its place. Spent last of World War I and much of World War II as an aircraft ferry.
LAUNCHED: 1916 August 15 → FATE: Sold for scrap in 1948
Official yacht of former Yugoslavian president Tito and used for entertaining world leaders and celebrities. The Germans seized the boat in World War II and named it Kiebitz; after the war, the Yugoslavian navy converted it to a training ship; then in 1952, it became Tito's yacht.
LAUNCHED: 1938, then seized by Germany September 1943 → FATE: Being restored and is occasionally opened to the public
Subject of the "Gaspée Affair," the torching of the ship by a group of American colonialists, leading up to the American Revolution. The city of Warwick, RI commemorates the Gaspée Affair with a festival and parade, including burning the Gaspée in effigy.
LAUNCHED: 1764 January → FATE: Looted and burned in Narragansett Bay June 9, 1772
Worst peacetime maritime disaster to befall the UK fishing fleet. No distress signal was received and her loss was not realised until days later. 36 crew were lost.
LAUNCHED: 1971 December 6 → FATE: Mysteriously sank in the Barents Sea, north of Norway February, 1974
LAUNCHED: 1891 April 18 → FATE: The remains were recovered and converted into a barge, which sank in a storm in 1911
Ship in the 1942 movie Across the Pacific, starring Humphrey Bogart. The ship itself never appeared in the movie. The image with the name was faked and all other takes showing the ship used miniatures
LAUNCHED: 1919 → FATE: Sunk by US submarine November 6, 1943
A prototype ship for stealth operations designed by a private American company, Juliet Marine Systems. Designed to travel above the water's surface, her main hull is positioned atop by two long and narrow struts.
LAUNCHED: 2009 (trials in 2011) → FATE: Its future is uncertain
The first vessel to transit the Northwest Passage. She reached San Francisco in 1906 where she was put on display, but slowly deteriorated until 1949 when she was refurbished. Then in 1972 she was returned to Norway.
First ocean-going ironclad development, in part, to navel gun technology, including the Paixhans gun, thus rendering obsolete traditional unarmoured wooden ships-of-the-line. She was constructed with a light barquentine sails as well as a steam-powered screw.
LAUNCHED: 1859 November 24 → FATE: Scrapped in 1883
Built for a secret operation by the CIA to recover a sunken Soviet submarine, K-129 which was lost in April, 1968. Converted into a deep sea oil drilling ship in 1997.
LAUNCHED: 1972 November 4 → FATE: Currently operates as the GSF Explorer
The lead vessel of the flotilla celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, June 3, 2012. She is powered by 18 oarsmen, and can carry an additional 34 passengers and crew.
LAUNCHED: 2012 April 19 → FATE: Still afloat
Last surviving ship built by the Imperial German Navy, and the longest-serving battlecruiser or dreadnought-type ship in any navy. During World War I, she and light cruiser Breslau were transferred to the Ottoman Empire, August of 1914, and became the flagship Yavuz Sultan Selim.
LAUNCHED: 1911 March 28 → FATE: Scrapped in 1973
Viking ship found in a burial mound at Gokstad farm in Sandefjord, Norway in 1880. Later used for the burial of an important chieftain who died about 900 A.D.
LAUNCHED: 890 circa → FATE: On display at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway
Second ship to circumnavigation of the globe between 1577 and 1580, captained by Sir Francis Drake. Originally known as the Pelican, but was renamed by Drake mid-voyage.
LAUNCHED: 1576 probably → FATE: In dry dock at Deptford, England as a museum piece, rotted away after decades
LAUNCHED: 1981 movie release → FATE: Unknown
Though size was limited by the Treaty of Versailles, she was as heavily armed as a battleship. Sank nine Allied merchant ships. Afterwards, ships of this size were called heavy cruisers.
LAUNCHED: 1934 June 30 → FATE: Scuttled off Montevideo December 17, 1939
Origin of the deadliest industrial accident in U.S. history and one of the largest non-nuclear explosions. The initial blast and subsequent fires and explosions in other ships and nearby oil-storage facilities killed at least 581 people, wounding over 5,000.
LAUNCHED: 1942 November → FATE: Exploded and destroyed April 16, 1947
First steamer to cross the Atlantic. Also first built of iron and with a screw propeller . She ran aground in 1846 and was sold for salvage, repaired and revised. In 1881 she was converted to sail. In 1937 she was retired and scuttled. In 1970 she was recovered and eventually restored as a museum ship.
LAUNCHED: 1845 July 26 → FATE: Now a museum ship in Bristol Harbour
The world's largest steamship; successfully laid cable across the Atlantic Ocean. Completed 45 crossings in eight years; then used for carrying mail, then troops.
The largest wooden clipper ship ever constructed, requiring 1,500,000 feet of pine, 336½ tons of iron, and 56 tons of copper. In 1853, fire sank her; but she was salvaged and rebuilt as a three deck vessel and went on to set transatlantic speed records.
LAUNCHED: 1853 October 4 → FATE: Abandoned during a hurricane off Bermuda, March 5, 1872
First paddle ship built for crossing the Atlantic; completed the crossing in April of 1838. In later years, used as a showboat, a floating palace/concert hall and gymnasium.
LAUNCHED: 1837 July 19 → FATE: Taken out of service December of 1846, she was broken up in 1856
First ship designed and built as an aircraft carrier. During World War II, she participated in the Battle of Midway in a secondary role. Afterward, she returned to Japan as a training ship for the duration of the war.
LAUNCHED: 1922 → FATE: Scrapped in 1948
LAUNCHED: 1609 March → FATE: In 1618 the ship was destroyed during an English attack on Jakarta
A target ship in the Chesapeake Bay. In 1966, a old WW II Liberty ship, the American Mariner, was made a target ship, and, by tradition, was named Hannibal.
LAUNCHED: 1898 April → FATE: Sunk as target practice, March 1, 1945
Fiction steam boat in the movie Around the World in 80 Days. In the movie, the boat is stripped clean in order to fuel her across the ocean.
LAUNCHED: 1956 movie release → FATE: Unknown
One of several ships lost in the Great Lakes Storm of 1913. The crew of 25 were lost and the wreck has not been located as of 2017.
LAUNCHED: 1906 May → FATE: Foundered and sank near Marquette, Michigan, November 10, 1913
Notorious for having the bloodiest mutiny in British naval history. Mutineers gave her to the Spaniards in 1797 who put her in service as Santa Cecilia. She was retaken by the British in 1799 and renamed the Retaliation.
LAUNCHED: 1782 September → FATE: Broken up at Deptford in June 1805
LAUNCHED: 1944 → FATE: Scrapped 1973
Troop landing craft crucial to the Allied victories in World War II. Designed by Andrew Higgins, nearly 20,000 were build.
LAUNCHED: 1935 -1950 → FATE: Only a few survive and are being restored
The first submarine commissioned by the Royal Navy. While being towed to the scrapyard she sank in bad weather off the coast of Eddystone lighthouse.
LAUNCHED: 1901 October → FATE: On display at Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport
Presidential yacht originally named Lenore. President Kennedy renamed it after his grandfather.
LAUNCHED: 1931 → FATE: Still in service as a pleasure boat
Last battle cruiser built by Britain. Of the 1,418 aboard, only three men survived.
Ship of Horatio Hornblower in the book series and British TV series Hornblower and the Hotspur by C. S. Forester. In the TV series, she is captured by the French. After Hornblower and the crew later discover the ship, they succeed in retaking it.
LAUNCHED: 1962 for the book; 1988-2003 for the TV series → FATE: Unknown
During the American Civil War, the first submarine to sink a ship. Attacked by embedding a barbed spar torpedo into the foe's hull and detonating it as she backed away.
The number of Ships and Boats D-H listed is 74
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