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Daigo Fukuryu Maru

 Daigo Fukuryu Maru (Lucky Dragon)Japanese fishing boat

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


 Daimlier German motorboat

The first commercial motor boat. Based upon a boat powered by a petrol engine tested on the Neckar river in Germany in 1886 by Daimler and Maybach.

LAUNCHED: 1886 FATE: Unknown

Darling, HMS

 Darling, HMS British torpedo boat destroyer

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

David, CSS

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 David, CSS American Confederate torpedo boat

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


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 Demologos ("voice of the people"; renamed Fulton) American paddle steamers with a catamaran hull

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

Derbyshire, MV

 Derbyshire, MV British cargo ship, oil-ore

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


 Deutschland (later re-named Lützow)German pocket battleship

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

Deutschland, SMS

 Deutschland, SMS German battleship

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

Deutschland, submarine

 Deutschland, submarine German submarine

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


 Discovery British three-masted barque

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)

Doña Paz, MV

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 Doña Paz, MV Japanese built, Philippine owned ferry

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

Dreadnought, HMS

 Dreadnought, HMS British dreadnought battleship

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

Driver, HMS

 Driver, HMS British side-wheeler paddle sloop

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


 Duyfken (image is the replica)Dutch barque

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.

LAUNCHED: 1595 original ship; replica launched January 24, 1999 FATE: Condemned and dismantled in July 1608; replica on display at Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Austrailia

Earnslaw, TSS

 Earnslaw, TSS New Zealand ferry, coal-fired steamship

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

Eastland, SS

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 Eastland, SS American steamship, passenger

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


 Eclipse Russian luxury yacht, (German built)

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

Edmund Fitzgerald, SS

 Edmund Fitzgerald, SS American lake cargo ship, freighter; ore carrier

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

El Faro, SS

 El Faro, SS American container ship (cargo ship)

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

Emma Maersk

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 Emma Maersk Danish container ship (cargo ship)

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

Empire Windrush, MV

 Empire Windrush, MV (formerly Monte Rosa)German cruise ship captured by England in May of 1945

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

Empress of China

 Empress of China (a.k.a. Chinese Queen)American three-masted, square-rigged sailing ship

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

Empress of Ireland

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 Empress of Ireland Canadian ocean liner

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

Endeavour, HMS

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 Endeavour, HMS (a.k.a. HM Bark Endeavour; launched as Earl of Pembroke)British collier, three-masted; refitted in 1768 for the expedition

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


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 Endurance Norwegian barquentine, three-masted

Used by Sir Ernest Shackleton for the 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Christened Polaris, she was one of the strongest wooden ship ever built.

LAUNCHED: 1912 December 12 FATE: Crushed by pack ice in the Weddell Sea in 1915

Enterprise, USS

 Enterprise, USS American aircraft carrier

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


 Eos American three-masted Bermuda rigged schooner, built in Germany

The largest sailing yacht in the world with an overall length of 305 feet or 92.92 meters. With much of its length in the bowsprit, the length at the waterline is less than the Maltese Falcon.

LAUNCHED: 2006 FATE: Still in service


 Essex American barque; whale ship, a three-masted

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

Estonia, MS

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 Estonia, MS German cruise ferry with bow opening car ramp

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

Etoile du Roy

 Etoile du Roy (formerly Grand Turk)British frigate, sixth-rate

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


 Eureka (originally named Ukiah)American paddle steamboat, stern-wheeler, ferry

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

Exxon Valdez

 Exxon Valdez American oil tanker

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

Floating Theater

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 Floating Theater American caravel

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

Flying Cloud

 Flying Cloud American clipper ship

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

Flying Dutchman

 Flying Dutchman (image from the movieDutch sailing ship of unknown sort

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

Flying Enterprise

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 Flying Enterprise American cargo ship in World War II, then a tramp steamer

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


 Fram Norwegian schooner

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: 1892 FATE: Currently on display at the Fram Museum, Oslo, Norway

Freedom 90

 Freedom 90 British hovercraft

The only air-cushioned boat operating for Hovertravel, a ferry company in Britain. A type AP1-88 hovercraft capable of carrying 100 passengers.

LAUNCHED: 1989 FATE: Still in operation


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 Frigorifique French steamship

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

Fujikawa Maru

 Fujikawa Maru Japanese cargo ship, transport ship

Her sunken remains are a leading wreck diving site for scuba divers. She was sunk in Truk Lagoon during Operation Hailstone during World War II.

LAUNCHED: 1938 FATE: Sunk by torpedo on February 17, 1944


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famous ship David, CSS of American Confederate
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famous ship Demologos of American
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famous ship Derbyshire, MV of British
famous ship Deutschland of German
famous ship Deutschland, SMS of German
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famous ship Discovery of British
famous ship Doña Paz, MV of Japanese
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famous ship Duyfken of Dutch
famous ship Earnslaw, TSS of New Zealand
famous ship Eastland, SS of American
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famous ship Eclipse of Russian
famous ship Edmund Fitzgerald, SS of American
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famous ship Empress of China of American
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famous ship Great Republic of American
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famous ship Hōshō of Japanese
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famous ship Hannibal, USS of American
famous ship Henrietta of French
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famous ship Hermione, HMS of British
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famous ship Hood, HMS of British
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Furious, HMS

 Furious, HMS British battlecruiser (modified while under construction as an aircraft carrier)

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


 Galeb (meaning "Seagull")Croatian yacht, built as an Italian auxillary cruiser called Ramb III

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


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 Gaspée English single-masted sloop-of-war, used as a fast revenue cutter

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


 Gaul (originally named Roger Castor)English fishing trawler

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

General Slocum

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 General Slocum American river paddle steamboat, side-wheeler

Caught fire and burned to the water line in New York's East River on June 15, 1904 killing 1,021 people. Named after Major General Henry Warner Slocum, 1827-94.

LAUNCHED: 1891 April 18 FATE: The remains were recovered and converted into a barge, which sank in a storm in 1911

Genoa Maru

 Genoa Maru Japanese freighter

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

Ghost, stealth ship

 Ghost, stealth ship American super-cavitating stealth ship

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


 Gjøo Norwegian sloop, square sterned

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.

LAUNCHED: 1872 FATE: On display at the Fram Museum in Bygdøy, Norway


 Gloire French ocean-going ironclad

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

Glomar Explorer

 Glomar Explorer American deep sea research vessel

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


 Gloriana English royal barge, or rowbarge

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

Goeben, SMS

 Goeben, SMS German battlecruiser

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


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 Gokstad Viking clinker-built ship

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

Golden Hind

 Golden Hind English galleon

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

Goliath, RMS

 Goliath, RMS (the scale model used in the film)British ocean liner

Fiction ocean liner in the movie Goliath Awaits. The interiors of Goliath were filmed aboard the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.

LAUNCHED: 1981 movie release FATE: Unknown

Graf Spee, Admiral

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 Graf Spee, Admiral German pocket battleship

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

Grandcamp, SS

 Grandcamp, SS (originally named SS Benjamin R. Curtis)American liberty ship

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

Great Britain, SS

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 Great Britain, SS British steamship, passenger ship

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

Great Eastern, SS

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 Great Eastern, SS (originally called The Leviathan)British iron paddle steamboat, side-wheeler with sails

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.

LAUNCHED: 1858 January 31 FATE: Broken up for scrap at Rock Ferry on the River Mersey in 1889

Great Republic

 Great Republic (not SS Great Republic)American clipper, four-masted

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

Great Western, SS

 Great Western, SS British paddle steamboat, side-wheeler

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


 Hōshō Japanese aircraft carrier

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

Half Moon

 Half Moon (De Halve Maen)Dutch flyboat, square-rigged, three-masted, wooden

Henry Hudson's ship looking for Northwest Passage. Englishman Henry Hudson was in the service of the Dutch East India Company.

LAUNCHED: 1609 March FATE: In 1618 the ship was destroyed during an English attack on Jakarta

Hannibal, USS

 Hannibal, USS American collier

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


 Henrietta French steamboat

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

Henry B. Smith, SS

 Henry B. Smith, SS American lake cargo ship, freighter; steel-hulled, propeller-driven

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

Hermione, HMS

 Hermione, HMS British frigate, fifth-rate

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

Hewell, USS

 Hewell, USS American cargo ship

Featured in the 1955 movie Mister Roberts, starring Jack Lemmon. For the movie, small alterations were made including the palm trees on deck.

LAUNCHED: 1944 FATE: Scrapped 1973

Higgins boat

 Higgins boat American troop landing craft (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel or LCVP)

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

Holland I, HMS

 Holland I, HMS American lake cargo ship, freighter; steel-hulled, propeller-driven

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

Honey Fitz

 Honey Fitz American yacht

Presidential yacht originally named Lenore. President Kennedy renamed it after his grandfather.

LAUNCHED: 1931 FATE: Still in service as a pleasure boat

Hood, HMS

 Hood, HMS British battle cruiser

Last battle cruiser built by Britain. Of the 1,418 aboard, only three men survived.

LAUNCHED: 1918 August 22 FATE: Sunk by the German battleship Bismarck at the Battle of the Denmark Strait May of 1941

Hotspur, HMS

 Hotspur, HMS British sloop-of-war

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

Hunley, H.L.

 Hunley, H.L. American Confederate submarine

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.

LAUNCHED: 1863 July FATE: Sank after attacking and sinking USS Housatonic in Charleston Harbor February 17, 1864

The number of Ships and Boats D-H listed is 74

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