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 P-S
LAUNCHED: 1970 May 9 → FATE: sold to be scrapped in March of 2012
Last commercial sailing ship to round Cape Horn in 1949. Over her life at various times, she flew under the flags of Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and Finland.
First of 2,751 liberty ships built during World War II. Liberty ships were built in a mass production method, each typically in 70 days or less. SS Patrick Henry made 12 voyages across the Atlantic Ocean.
LAUNCHED: 1941 September 27 → FATE: Went aground off the coast of Florida, July of 1946, scrapped in 1960
LAUNCHED: 1851 decades before → FATE: Destroyed by a whale prior to 1851.
First steam boat that operated using a series of vertical paddles. Invented by John Fitch, an improved model carried passengers on round-trips between Philadelphia and Burlington, New Jersey, summer of 1790.
LAUNCHED: 1787 → FATE: Unknown
Worst shipwreck on the Great Lakes with the loss of an estimated 125 lives, hundreds of tons of copper, silver, and iron ore. Over the years five divers died attempting to salvage the cargo. Some of the copper was recovered during World War I, the rest in 1974.
LAUNCHED: 1863 → FATE: Collided with SS Meteor in Michigan's Thunder Bay and sank August 9, 1865
LAUNCHED: 1934 April → FATE: On display at Hemingway's former home, Finca Vigía, near Havana, Cuba
World's first steam-powered and metal-ship icebreaker. Originally been built as a steam-powered propeller tug.
LAUNCHED: 1864 → FATE: Unknown
One of Columbus' ships of discovery. The fastest of Columbus' three ships to America in 1492, and Columbus' flag ship on the return trip to Spain in 1943. She was among the fleet of 17 ships for Columbus' second voyage.
LAUNCHED: 1441 circa → FATE: 1501 circa
The world's largest ocean vessel, designed for the single-lift installation and removal of large oil and gas platforms. Displacing 1 million tons, the vessel operates as a semi-submersible. Using ballasts, she is able to lower herself when installing payload or raise herself when removing payload.
LAUNCHED: 2013 January 26 → FATE: Still in service
First "Afloat Forward Staging Base" (AFSB) ship. She was refitted in 2012 to serve as floating port for helicopters and patrol craft.
LAUNCHED: 1970 May 20 → FATE: Still in service
Known as the "Titanic of New England" and considered New England's worst maritime disaster, she went down with 192 passengers and crew. The storm that sank her, killed more than 400 persons and sank more than 150 other boats and ships.
Subject of a ship sinking in the 1969 novel The Poseidon Adventureand four movie adaptations, 1972, 1979, 2005, and 2006. In each version of the story, the ship is capsized and several survivors try to make their way to the top of the overturned ship.
LAUNCHED: 1969 original story → FATE: Unknown
A rebellion of the crew against their cruel officers in 1905 signaled the coming of the Russian Revolution of 1917. Following the mutiny, the name was changed to Panteleimon after Saint Pantaleon, later restored to Boretz za Svobodu (Fighter for Freedom).
First steamship lost at sea on a transatlantic run, taking with her all 136 on board. Constructed with a third deck on top of the hull and designed with luxurious staterooms, she was top heavy and rolled excessively.
LAUNCHED: 1840 August → FATE: Lost during a gale off Nantucket Shoals March of 1841
The largest sailed ship ever built and the only five-masted, full-rigged, ship built until the 21st century. She was built entirely of steel. She was used in the saltpeter trade with Chile, setting speed records in the process.
LAUNCHED: 1902 May 7 → FATE: Swept onto rocks and sank near the White Cliffs of Dover November 6, 1910.
She and Repulse were the first capital ships to be sunk solely by naval air power on the open sea. She was involved in several key actions of the World War II, including the Battle of the Denmark Strait against the German battleship Bismarck.
LAUNCHED: 1939 May 3 → FATE: Sunk on December 10, 1941 by Japanese air attack off Kuantan, South China Sea.
She was to be among the first transatlantic vessels with Marconi telegraphy, electric lighting and telephones. She never sailed, but capsized during initial launch and sank.
LAUNCHED: 1907 September 22 → FATE: Sank September 22, 1907
This replica of a ship built in 1649 and sunk in 1662 was lost in fire. In 2004, the replica became part of the theme park Cape Holland in Den Helder, the Netherlands.
LAUNCHED: 1985 → FATE: Burned and sank at Den Helder, Netherlands July 30, 2009
First purpose-built cruise ship. Not only did she look more like a private yacht, she had 120 first class cabins, a library, gymnasium, and darkroom.
LAUNCHED: 1900 June 29 → FATE: Declared a loss December 19, 1906 after running onto rocks at Kingston
First vessel of the wave adaptive modular vessel-type. Developed by Marine Advanced Research, she has been nicknamed "The Spider Ship" because four legs connect the superstructure to the outriggers.
LAUNCHED: 2007 → FATE: In active service
LAUNCHED: 1942 June 20 → FATE: Rammed and sunk in the Solomon Islands August 2, 1943 during World War II
Patrol boat in the TV sitcom McHale's Navy. The real-life PT-73 was built on August 12, 1942, and was destroyed by the crew in January, 1945.
LAUNCHED: 1962 - 1966 → FATE: Unknown
During a trip to Europe in 1867, she was the scene of some of the tales related by Mark Twain in his book The Innocents Abroad. During the American Civil War, she one of the most active and effective ships in the Union Navy's blockade of Chesapeake Bay.
LAUNCHED: 1854 → FATE: Sold to the Haitian Navy in February of 1871, renamed République, lost at sea off Bermuda in March of 1871
Flagship of pirate Blackbeard (Edward Thatch). Originally named La Concord, it was captured by the French in 1711 and by pirates in 1717.
LAUNCHED: 1710 → FATE: Run aground near Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina in May, 1718
Largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft. With no catapults and catch wires she carries only V/STOL aircraft, F-35B Lightning II fighters and Merlin helicopters.
LAUNCHED: 2014 July 17 → FATE: In service 2017
With sister ship Queen Mary, dominated the transatlantic passenger service. She was used in World War II as troop transport. After being converted to a university and renamed Seawise University, she was destroyed by fire. The charred wreck was featured in the 1974 James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun.
LAUNCHED: 1938 September 27 → FATE: After a fire, capsized in Hong Kong Harbor, January 9, 1972
Once dominated transatlantic passenger service with sister ship Queen Elizabeth. Used in World War II as troop transport. Featured in the 1972 movie The Poseidon Adventure and the1981 movie Goliath Awaits.
LAUNCHED: 1934 Septmber 26 → FATE: Retired in 1967, berthed in Long Beach, California as a museum ship and hotel from 1974 to present
First ship fitted and staffed as a hospital ship. During the American Civil War, she was a Confederate barracks ship until the Union captured and refit her in March of 1862.
LAUNCHED: 1859 → FATE: Decommissioned and sold at public auction November 29, 1865
First US ship to be sunk in World War II. She was torpedoed while escorting an Atlantic convoy of supply ships to Britain; 159 crew were lost, 44 survived.
LAUNCHED: 1919 October → FATE: Sunk October 31, 1941
LAUNCHED: 1865 → FATE: Wrecked in the British Virgin Islandson October 29, 1867
Boat in the TV series by the same name about two detectives. She was first shown at the 1938-39 New York Boat Show.
LAUNCHED: 1939 → FATE: Restored and still in use as Southwind
Won a steamboat race against the Natchez VI, going from St. Louis, Missouri to New Orleans, in 3 days, 18 hours and 14 minutes. The speed record still stands. A replica of the ship was built but it also burned in 2010.
LAUNCHED: 1866 → FATE: Caught fire and lost north of New Orleans September 30, 1882
The longest wooden ship ever built. When the French thought Otto von Bismarck might be interested in the ship, they hurriedly bought her from the Americans and commission her in 1867.
LAUNCHED: 1862 July 22 as Dunderberg → FATE: The French scrapped her in 1874
The largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship in service. Her design was based on Preussen, but was configured for passenger comfort rather than cargo carrying.
LAUNCHED: 2001 → FATE: Still in service
One of the most serious maritime losses to occur in British water, sinking while undergoing routine maintenance taking more than 800 lives. She was the largest warship in the world at the time of launching.
LAUNCHED: 1756 February 18 → FATE: Sank while anchored off Portsmouth August 29, 1782
Flagship of Vasco da Gama's armada which carried the first Europeans to the coast of India. Along with ships São Rafael, Bérrio, and São Miguel, the round trip took two years.
LAUNCHED: 1497 → FATE: Unknown
LAUNCHED: 1580 → FATE: 1589?
Built to capture the class D sailing speed record, piloted by the project leader Paul Larsen at 65.45 knots in Walvis Bay, Namibia. In 2008, before crashing, the first Sailrocket reached a reported unofficial speed of 52.22 knots.
LAUNCHED: 2011 March → FATE: Still racing
Worst river steamboat accident in US; a tragedy for Mormon Church. Over 100 passengers out of 175 were killed, including 28 Mormons. There were several dozen survivors.
Sunken treasure ship with 7 to 10 million Spanish pesos on board. She was discovered in 2015 with treasure estimated to be worth between 4-17 billion US dollars.
LAUNCHED: 1696 → FATE: sunk in battle off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia in 1708
Featured in the movie Sand Pebbles starring Steve McQueen. After filming was completed, she was sold and renamed the Nola D, received significant modifications, and eventually used as a base camp for a seismic exploration company.
LAUNCHED: 1966 movie release → FATE: Broken up in 1975
After refitting in 1804, the largest and heaviest-armed ship in the world with 140 guns on four decks. A full-size representation in on display in the harbour of Alicante, Spain as shown in other image .
LAUNCHED: 1768 → FATE: Sank at the Battle of Trafalgar in October of 1805.
LAUNCHED: 1460 circa → FATE: Ran aground and lost near Cap-Haitien, Haiti, December 25, 1492
LAUNCHED: 1926 probably → FATE: Unknown
First steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. After ocean crossing, her steam plant was removed and she continued sailing up and down the east coast.
LAUNCHED: 1819 March → FATE: Ran aground off Long Island, NY in 1823
The ship was set on fire by an arsonist in 1990, killing 159 people. She had at various times the names of MS Massalia, Stena Baltica, Island Fiesta, Scandinavian Star, MS Candi, MS Regal Voyager, and finally MS Regal V.
LAUNCHED: 1971 January 19 → FATE: Broken up May, 2004
Went missing at sea with 99 crewmen, one of two nuclear submarines the U.S. Navy has lost, the other being USS Thresher (SSN-593). She carried two nuclear-tipped torpedoes. In November 2012, the U.S. Submarine Veterans asked the US Navy to reopen the investigation on the sinking.
LAUNCHED: 1959 December 29 → FATE: Sank on May 22, 1968 in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of the Azores
U.S. Navy experimental stealth ship, never intended to be mission capable and never commissioned. The ship was the inspiration for the stealth ship in the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies.
LAUNCHED: 1985 March → FATE: As of June, 2011 the ship is still being stored at Suisun Bay in northern California awaiting its fate
First dedicated emigration ship as part of the Third Supply mission to the Jamestown Colony. During the storm, massive leaks developed because of faulty construction. All 150 people aboard and one dog made it to shore safely.
LAUNCHED: 1609 → FATE: Damaged in a hurricane and scuttled at Discovery Bay, June 1609
LAUNCHED: 1979 → FATE: Scrapped in January of 2010
One of the last sailing ships used in a war; as a German merchant raider disguised as a Norwegian wood carrier. Originally named Pass of Balmaha before capture by a German submarine.
LAUNCHED: 1888 → FATE: Wrecked on a reef at the island of Pacific, August 2, 1917
LAUNCHED: 1926 → FATE: Refurbished many time; now privately owned
Known as "the ship with two captains," briefly became the USS Seraph. During World War II, released a corpse ("The Man Who Never Was") onto the shores off Gibraltar carrying decoy papers to fool the Nazis as part of "Operation Mincemeat."
LAUNCHED: 1941 October 25 → FATE: Scrapped in December of 1962
Worst Korean loss of life at sea. The provisional conclusion is that a sudden turn and the consequential shift of cargo caused the accident.
LAUNCHED: 1994 → FATE: Capsized and sank April 16, 2014
During the US Civil War, she captured and/or sank 38 Union merchant vessels. She fired the last shot of the Civil War off the Aleutian Islands,then was surrendered to the British.
LAUNCHED: 1863 August 17 → FATE: As El Majidi, beached during hurricane near Zanzibar, 1872
Winner of the 1950, 1952, and 1953 APBA Gold Cup Races; also set two straightaway speed records. Its hull was designed to lift the top of the propellers out of water at high speed, a technique called “prop riding,” which reduced drag.
LAUNCHED: 1949 October → FATE: Wrecked in a pre-race test run in 1956; rebuilt and on exhibit at Seattle's Museum of History and Industry
LAUNCHED: 2500 BC, circa → FATE: On display in a museum at the Giza pyramid complex since 1982
First vessel to be efficiently powered by both wind and sun. Unique hybrid ferry propelled by solar or wind energy, battery, or diesel.
LAUNCHED: 2000 → FATE: Currently operating in Sydney Harbour
The only U.S. Navy ship upon which a conspiracy of mutiny took place. Known as the "Somers Affair", it was the basis for several books and dramatizations. December 1, 1842, three of the mutineers who intended to take over the ship and use it forpiracy were found guilty of "intention to commit a mutiny," hanged and buried at sea.
LAUNCHED: 1842 May 12 → FATE: Capsized and foundered in a sudden squall off Vera Cruz December of 1846
The first American dreadnought and the first of any nation to have its main guns in a superfire arrangement. She was part of America's Great White Fleet that circumnaviagted, December, 1907 to February, 1909.
LAUNCHED: 1908 July 11 → FATE: Sold for scrap on April of 1924
The most extravagantly decorated warship in the early Royal Navy. She was armed with 102 bronze guns.
LAUNCHED: 1637 October 13 → FATE: Burnt to the water line, January 27, 1697
The Royal Barge used for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, June 3, 2012. She originally sailed the Rhine River as the Van Gogh, designed to sail the waterways of Europe and venture into coastal waters. She was refitted in for the 2011 jubilee
LAUNCHED: 2009 → FATE: Still afloat
LAUNCHED: 1928 August 2 → FATE: Scrapped in Hamburg, Germany, 1952
The first ship to completely circumnavigate North America, and first to complete passage through the Northwest Passage west to east. She was also the first vessel to pass through the more northerly route of the Northwest Passage, and was also the first to navigate the passage in a single season.
LAUNCHED: 1928 May 7 → FATE: On exhibit at the Vancouver Maritime Museum
Fire amidship produced smoke, killing one passenger and injuring 13 others. With the fire initiated, highly combustible polycarbonate partitions, polyurethane deck tiles, and the plastic furniture produced large amounts of thick black smoke.
LAUNCHED: 2001 May 10 → FATE: Damage repaired and still in service
A fleet of ferry boats sailing free of charge between Manhattan and Staten Island in New York. Eight boats make up the fleet; pictured is the Spirit of America built with steel from the World Trade Center Towers.
LAUNCHED: 1819 → FATE: Still in service
LAUNCHED: 1948 → FATE: Still in use
Tragically collided with the SS Narragansett. An estimated 1,800 of 2,400 passengers were killed when the ship's boilers exploded,earning her the appellation "Titanic of the Mississippi."
LAUNCHED: 1863 → FATE: Sank April 27, 1865
As HMS Rose, she appeared in the 2003 movie Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and was officially re-registered as HMS Surprise in honor of her role in the film. In 2010, she portrayed HMS Providence in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
LAUNCHED: 1970 → FATE: Since 2007, based in Maritime Museum of San Diego
The largest of three ships of the English Virginia Company sailing to establish the new Colony of Virginia, Jamestown. Replicas of Susan Constant, shown in image, and her sister-ships are docked in the James River at Jamestown Settlement.
LAUNCHED: 1607 → FATE: 1615, fate unknown
One of the most valuable wrecks ever with possibly 10 tons of gold coins and other valuables on board. Besides Sussex, 12 other ships of her flotilla sank with about 1,200 casualties making the disaster one of the worst in Royal Navy history.
LAUNCHED: 1693 April 11 → FATE: Sank in a violent storm near the Strait of Gibraltar February 27, 1694
Largest cruise ship, replacing her sister ship, MS Harmony of the Seas. Costing $1.35 billion, the 227,700-ton, 6,360-passenger ship has multi-deck water slides and other unique features.
LAUNCHED: 2019 April → FATE: Now in service
LAUNCHED: 240 BC, circa → FATE: circa 240 BC
The only battleship whose sinking was filmed during World War I. Having spent most of the war at anchor or out on gunnery training, she was sunk in her first and only mission; 89 sailors died.
LAUNCHED: 1914 January 17 → FATE: Torpedoed off Premuda Island June 10, 1918
The number of Ships and Boats P-S listed is 75
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