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 I-O
The largest non-nuclear submarines ever built. These submarine aircraft carriers were able to carry three aircraft underwater to their destinations, surface, launch their planes, then quickly dive again.
LAUNCHED: 1943 January - 1945 July → FATE: Scuttled near Kalaeloa, Hawaii on June 4, 1946
LAUNCHED: 1944 December → FATE: Scrapped in Japan in 1967
LAUNCHED: 1926 March 14 → FATE: Scrapped at Osaka, Japan in 1959
A versatile multi-hulled U.S. Navy ship designed for high speed. The ship is a trimaran design that can make more than 40 knots (74 km/h; 46 mph). One of more than a half dozen American ships with that name.
LAUNCHED: 2008 April 26 → FATE: Currently in service
Last U.S. ship sunk by enemy in World War II; greatest loss of life at sea in the U.S. Navy's history. Four days after delivering the 1st atomic bomb to Tinian, she was torpedoed and sank with 300 crew. The 900 survivors faced exposure, dehydration, and shark attacks until 4 days later only 317 were rescued.
LAUNCHED: 1931 November 7 → FATE: Sunk by a Japanese submarine July 30, 1945
In World War II, served extensively in the Pacific; later recovered capsules in space program. Upgraded several times; first American carrier to launch aircraft with steam catapults. One of more than a dozen English and American ships and boats named Intrepid.
LAUNCHED: 1943 April 26 → FATE: Currently a museum ship docked at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City
First battle cruiser to be built by any country in the world. One of seven ships named Invincible in the British navy from 1747 to the present.
First of her class, the last battleship in active service in the world. During a gunnery exercise, on April 19, 1989, an explosion ripped through a gun turret, killing 47 crewmen.
LAUNCHED: 1942 August 27 → FATE: Anchored at San Pedro as a museum ship
World's first manned research submersible designed to reach a depth of 7,000 meters below sea level. Named after a mythical river dragon, spiritually akin to the crocodile.
LAUNCHED: 2010 July → FATE: Still in operation
Found adrift in the South Pacific, her passengers and crew mysteriously missing in 1955. She is sometimes referred to as the "Mary Celeste of the South Pacific." She has been the subject of several narrations offering explanations ranging from rational to supernatural.
LAUNCHED: 1931 → FATE: Broken up near Ovalau, Fiji in the 1970s
The first streamlined ferry with Art Deco styling and luxurious amenities served in Puget Sound from 1935 to 1967. From 1926 to 1933, she sailed as the ferry Peralta; after a fire, the superstructure was rebuilt in modern style.
LAUNCHED: 1926 April as Peralta; relaunch 1934 → FATE: Moored at Tacoma, Washington
A replica of the ship famed for carrying Swedish settlers to North America in 1638 to establish the colony of New Sweden. The original ship was sunk in the North Sea while fighting for the Dutch in a war against the English in 1652.
LAUNCHED: 1625 → FATE: In service as a tourist attraction home port of, Wilmington, Delware
The first ship from China to visit New York where it was visited by 4,000 tourists a day paying 25 cents to board the ship and meet its crew. Manned by 30 Chinese and 12 Englishmen, and commanded by the British Captain Charles Alfred Kellett during her travel.
LAUNCHED: 1846 circa → FATE: Neglected and rotted in England in 1855
Blew up, probably after hitting a World War II Japanese mine, resulting in over 3000 killed. She was packed with refugees from the Chinese Civil War fleeing the advancing Communist army when she sank.
LAUNCHED: 1939 → FATE: Sank December 4, 1948 in the mouth of the Huangpu River 50 miles south of Shanghai
Used by Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl to cross the Pacific. Heyerdahl used the craft in his 1947 expedition from South America to the Polynesian islands to show that people from South America could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.
LAUNCHED: 1947 → FATE: On display in the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, Norway
Sank with all 118 crew; Russia declined rescue offers even though rescue of some was possible. With the use of a giant barge, the she was eventually raised and the dead recovered and buried in Russia.
LAUNCHED: 1994 → FATE: Sank in the Barents Sea on August 12, 2000
A famous tourist attraction and one of the few submarine museums to be exhibited as it was in service. She was laid off for several years and cannibalized for spare parts for other submarines; then between 1980 to 1982 underwent a refit in the Soviet Union and made operational again in 1985.
Currently the world's fastest sailboat. In 2008, it reached a sailing speed of 56.3 knots, the first sailboat to ever pass 100 km/h.
LAUNCHED: 2008 → FATE: Still sailing
In 1839, Africans being transported as slaves revolted against their captors aboard. She primarily engaged in short coastal trade with sugar-industry cargo. Her normal route ran from Havana to her home port of Guanaja.
LAUNCHED: 1838 maybe → FATE: Renamed Ion, she was sold in Guadeloupe in 1844. No record after 1844
Explorer Robert De La Salle's flagship in the 1680s; its wreckage recovered in the late 1990s was an important maritime archaeological achievement. Discovered in 1995, the hull of the ship was recovered with over a million artifacts, many on display at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas.
LAUNCHED: 1684 probably → FATE: Washed aground and wrecked in Matagorda Bay (Gulf of Mexico) in 1686
The first ocean-going ironclad battleship in history. The ship initiated the obsolescence of traditional unarmored wooden ships-of-the-line.
LAUNCHED: 1859 November → FATE: Scrapped in 1883
A legendary ship said to reappear every fifty years as a ghost ship, yet no records of the ship or its sinking exist. The ship may have been a fabrication from a newspaper article in 1924, or based on phantom sightings between 1914 and 1924.
LAUNCHED: 1798 February 12, first supposed sighting → FATE: Apparently wrecked on the Goodwin Sands, off the coast of south-east England, on February 13, 1748, killing everyone aboard
Worst single loss of life in British maritime history and the bloodiest single engagement for UK forces in World War II. Over 4000 people lost while evacuating British nationals and troops from France.
LAUNCHED: 1922 June → FATE: Sunk off the French port of St. Nazaireon June 17, 1940
First American aircraft carrier and U.S. Navy's first turbo-electric-powered ship. Following a conversion in 1936 to a seaplane tender, she fought in World War II.
LAUNCHED: 1911 built as a collier converted in 1920 → FATE: Attacked and badly damaged by Japanese planes, she was scuttled, February 27, 1942
Fastest steamer on Long Island Sound that sunk after an on-board fire sweep through the cargo. The ship's overcrowded lifeboats sank almost immediately with all but 4 people drowning in the freezing water.
LAUNCHED: 1834 → FATE: Sunk January 13, 1840
Featured prominently in the movie The French Line, starring Jane Russell. She was taken as a US war prize at the end of World War II, then used to transport US servicemen back to the states, and finally turned over to the French as war reparations.
LAUNCHED: 1928 August 15 → FATE: Retired in 1961 and scrapped in 1962
The last vessel of the German Imperial Navy still sailing. She was the inspiration for the German gunboat in the novel and movie The African Queen.
LAUNCHED: 1915 February → FATE: Scuttled July 26, 1916; raised in 1927, still in service on Lake Tanganyika
LAUNCHED: 1876 → FATE: Scrapped in 1896
Torpedoed by German submarine U-20, killing 1,198 people. Her sinking during transatlantic passage turned public opinion against Germany in World War I.
LAUNCHED: 1906 June 7 → FATE: Sank 70 kms from the Old Head of Kinsale May 7, 1915
Sank with with 28 crew in a severe storm, probably due to rogue waves and featured in several television documentaries. A court case regarding the loss of cargo in this tragedy set a legal precedent used in many legal textbooks illustrating the administration of the Uniform Commercial Code.
LAUNCHED: 1972 May 12 → FATE: Sank in the North Atlantic, December 1978
Its hijacking by pirates near Somalia in 2009 was followed by the rescue of its crew. A second unsuccessful hijacking that year and several in 2011 were attempted. The hijacking was the subject of the movie Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks.
LAUNCHED: 1998 launched as Alva Maersk → FATE: Still in service
Appeared in the movie The Maggie which was released in the U.S. as High and Dry. The story is about a clash of cultures between a hard-driving American businessman and a wily Scottish captain.
LAUNCHED: 1954 movie release; boat origin unknown → FATE: Unknown
Its sinking precipitated the Spanish-American War. Sent to protect U.S. interests during the Cuban revolt against Spain, she exploded without warning and sank, killing 274 men.
LAUNCHED: 1889 November 18 → FATE: Sank in the Havana Harbor February 15, 1898
The last of the original traveling showboats. Now the riverboat is a venue for comedies and musicals.
LAUNCHED: 1920 → FATE: Currently docked at the Cincinnati Public Landing in Ohio
The largest full-rigged luxury yacht in the world. She has 5 square sails on each of 3 masts that can be fully unfurled in 6 minutes. Some claim the Eos is larger.
LAUNCHED: 2006 → FATE: Still in service
The “ghost ship” found near theStrait of Gibraltar abandoned by its seven crew members in 1872. The popular mystery of the ship began with Arthur Conan Doyle's story in 1884, about a derelict ship which he called Marie Celeste.
LAUNCHED: 1860 → FATE: Intentionally scuttled on January of 1885
LAUNCHED: 1959 November 6, film release → FATE: Unknown
One of the earliest ships built for war sporting the innovation of gun ports. The wreck of the Mary Rose was rediscovered in 1971 and salvaged in 1982.
LAUNCHED: 1512 → FATE: Sank in the straits north of the Isle of Wight, 1545
Replica of the Dove, one of two early 17th-century English ship that, in 1634, brought the first settlers to what is now Maryland. The original Dove was the smaller of the two ship, used in shallow waterways along the coast. The accompanied ship with 140 passengers was the Ark.
LAUNCHED: 1978 August 14 → FATE: On exhibit at Historic St. Mary's City and occasionally other ports
Sailed by John Cabot, first European to reach North America. Apparently, she was a small ship of fifty tons carrying twenty men and food for seven or eight months.
LAUNCHED: 1496 or earlier; replica launced 1996 → FATE: Original ship, unknown; replica on display at M Shed Museum, Bristol, England
At the time, she was the largest and fastest ship in the world. Made an eastbound transatlantic crossing with a long-standing record average speed of 23.7 knots. She served as a hospital ship and troop ship in World War I.
LAUNCHED: 1906 September 20 → FATE: Scrapped in 1934
Portrayed the fictional SS Britannic in the filming of Juggernaut in 1974. She was sold to a Russian company in 1974. The hard luck ship hit an ice floe while on a cruise and nearly sank in 1989.
LAUNCHED: 1968 February 21 → FATE: Beached and scrapped in India, February of 2009
Transported the English Pilgrims from England to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. The ocean crossing took 66 days. A second ship called the Mayflower made a voyage from London to Plymouth Colony in 1629.
LAUNCHED: 1607 about → FATE: Sold and taken apart in May of 1624
LAUNCHED: 1810 → FATE: Beached on Bank of Arguin in 1817
Lost at sea with 18 men off Land's End, Cornwall, England, the ship is one of the richest sunken treasures. Lost were more than half million Spanish silver pesos, 500 bars of gold and ingots of silver, and hundreds of pieces of jewelry.
LAUNCHED: 1627 → FATE: Sank in bad weather September 23, 1641
The "Ship of Miracles" saved more than 14,000 refugees during the Korean War, the largest humanitarian rescue operation by a single ship. The ship was built to transport supplies and equipment overseas during World War II.
LAUNCHED: 1945 June 23 → FATE: Broken up for scrap in China, 1993
Hauled the USS Samuel B. Roberts from Dubai to Newport, RI after the frigate struck a mine in the Persian Gulf. Along with sister ships Mighty Servant 1 and Mighty Servant 3, used mainly for moving oil drilling rigs.
LAUNCHED: 1983 → FATE: Capsized near the Indonesian island of Singkep with loss of 5 crew November 2, 1999
The last remaining example of a pre-dreadnought battleship anywhere in the world. After the Russo-Japanese War, Mikasa's magazine accidentally exploded and sank the ship. She was salvaged and repaired and then served in World War I.
First to discover the continent of Antarctica and circumnavigated it twice. A medal was issued by the Russian Admiralty to commemorate the expedition as seen in other image.
LAUNCHED: 1819 → FATE: Unknown
The site of the surrender of Japan which ended World War II. She was the last battleship built by the United States.
LAUNCHED: 1862 January 30 → FATE: Sank on December 31, 1862
Its ammunition cargo exploded in Halifax Harbor, killing 2000, injuring 9000, wrecking 13,630 homes, and leaving 6000 homeless. The Halifax Explosion was caused by a collision with the Norwegian ship SS Imo.
LAUNCHED: 1899 → FATE: Blown to pieces December 6, 1917
A devastating fire aboard ship that killed 137 resulted in greater fire safety on newer ships. The burnt ship ended up at Asbury Park, NJ, where it became a tourist attraction. The tragedy resulted in the establishment of the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
LAUNCHED: 1930 August 23 → FATE: Beached September 8th, 1934, scrapped March 29, 1935
Famous through the books of Eric Newby such as The Last Grain Race, 1956. Between 1904 and 1914, under German ownership, Kurt shipped coal, nitrate, coal, and coke around the world. She appeared in several movies.
LAUNCHED: 1904 April 18 → FATE: Currently a floating restaurant docked in Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Broke the world record for circumnavigating the globe in a motorized boat in 60 days 23 hours and 49 minutes. Participated in anti-whaling operations under the lead of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in the Southern Ocean.
LAUNCHED: 2006 February 22 → FATE: Collided with a Japanese ship and sank on January 7, 2010
The wreck is protected as part of an underwater museum in the Whitefish Point Underwater Preserve. Defied the adage "Lake Superior seldom gives up her dead" when all 17 crew drifted ashore found frozen to death. The captain survived.
LAUNCHED: 1888 → FATE: sank to the end of Lake Superior during a storm on November 23, 1919
First true steam and screw battleship in the world. She was the lead ship of a class of 9 battleships, all considered as very successful and built over a period of 10 years.
LAUNCHED: 1850 May 16 → FATE: Sunk November 6, 1876
LAUNCHED: 2014 movie release → FATE: Unknown
World's first nuclear-powered submarine. The first vessel to cross under the North Pole. Also the namesake of another U.S. submarine that served in World War II.
LAUNCHED: 1954 January 21 → FATE: In a museum, Groton, Connecticut
Earned more battle stars for combat actions than the other American battleship. The only U.S. battleship to provide gunfire support during the Vietnam War.
LAUNCHED: 1942 December → FATE: In a museum, Camden, New Jersey
Setting for the 1980 science fiction movie The Final Countdown. She is one of the largest warships in the world. In May of 1981, one of her planes crashed on the flight deck, killing 14 crewmen.
LAUNCHED: 1972 May → FATE: Still in service
The smallest of Columbus' ships of discovery. She became Columbus' flag ship back to Spain after the loss of Santa Maria.
LAUNCHED: 1492 → FATE: last heard of in 1501; fate unknown
Spent 159 years in the Yellow Sea engaging in crimes such as smuggling, slave trading, mutiny, and piracy. During the 1920s and 1930s she sat in Catalina Harbor, Santa Catalina Island, California and was used as a backdrop for movies filmed there.
LAUNCHED: 1753 → FATE: Burned in Catalina Harbor in 1938
Legendary vessel that carried Noah's family and animal pairs during a torrential rain storm. Information about the ship is found in the Bible as well as the Koran.
LAUNCHED: 2400 about → FATE: Unkown
Used as Captain John's Harbour Boat Restaurant, a floating restaurant in Toronto Harbour, from 1969-1981. Sank after being severely damaged when the ferry Trillium struck her in 1981. She was raised in 1986 and again refurbished as a restaurant as seen in other image.
LAUNCHED: 1902 → FATE: Currently a floating restaurant in Toronto, Ontario
Thought to be the wreck discovered by Odyssey Marine Exploration. Returning to Spain from South America with tons of gold, silver and jewels, she was blown up by the British off Cabo de Santa Maria, Portugal.
LAUNCHED: 1786 → FATE: Sunk by the British on October 5, 1804
First ironclad to circumnavigate the Earth. She was built as an armored frigate in France and sold to the Spanish in 1865.
LAUNCHED: 1863 November 19 → FATE: Sank while under tow, December 17, 1916
The largest livestock carrier in the world designed and built with special livestock support systems. She is capable of carrying 75,000 sheep or 18,000 cattle across oceans. In 2014, a fire broke out in the crew quarters, but was contained.
LAUNCHED: 2002 → FATE: Still in service
Realizing the ship was doomed, the crew fled in panic, neglecting their duties and the passengers. All 571 people on board were saved following one of the most dramatic and successful rescue operations of its kind.
LAUNCHED: 1952 July → FATE: Sank off South Africa's eastern coast on August 4, 1991
An legendary 18th century ghost ship said to have been found west of Greenland by the whaler Herald in 1775. The derelict was found and boarded. The entire crew of 28 were found below deck frozen.
LAUNCHED: 1761 → FATE: Apparently lost in 1762
As of 2016, the largest container ship in operation... along with her sister ships. The ship is part of a bulk order for 20 vessels of the same size. The ship is valued at over $140,000,000.
LAUNCHED: 2015 April → FATE: Still in service
W.R. Hearst's boat and site of the mysterious death of an American film producer that became a scandal and part of early Hollywood lore. The 2001 film The Cat's Meow dramatized the fateful events on the yacht.
LAUNCHED: 1897 → FATE: Sold as scrap, August 21, 1940
First ship built to reach what is now New York State, and the first fur trading vessel built in America. The ship was the first to explore much of the eastern seaboard around New England.
LAUNCHED: 1614 ; replica launched May 20, 2009 → FATE: Original ship, unknown; replica on display at Connecticut River Museum.
First to offer modern passenger comforts in ocean travel including air conditioning.. She was launched at England from Brisbane, Australia by wireless remote by the Duke of Gloucester. She served as a troop ship in World War II, then converted to a passenger liner in 1946.
LAUNCHED: 1934 December 7 → FATE: Broken for scrap at Antwerp, Belgium in 1963
The world's largest, and the U.S.'s first, artificial reef . She had multiple reconfigurations and updates. In 1966, a flare accidentally ignited on the hangar bay causing a catastrophic fire killing 44 crewmen.
LAUNCHED: 1945 October; commissioned 1950 → FATE: Sunk as an artifical reef May 17, 2006
Sunk by bombs dropped from aircraft by General Billy Mitchell to demonstrate air power. After having seen action in World War I, the ship was ceded to the United States as war reparations.
LAUNCHED: 1909 Septmber 30 → FATE: Sunk by bombs off Cape Hatteras July 21, 1921
Purported ghost ship in Indonesian waters after her crew had died under suspicious circumstances. No registration records for a ship by the name of Ourang Medan could be located in various countries.
LAUNCHED: 1945 first referenced → FATE: Supposedly exploded and sank June, 1947
The number of Ships and Boats I-O listed is 77
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