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Famous Ships and Boats T-Z


Tang, USS

 Tang, USS (SS-306)United States Balao class submarine

Credited with sinking 31 enemy ships totaling 227,800 tons, unequaled among American submarines during World War II. When she was sunk by a circular run of her final torpedo, several crew escaped the sinking boat with a Momsen lung, the only known occasion of its use. 78 men were lost and the nine survived.

LAUNCHED: 1943 August 17 FATE: Sunk by her own torpedo in the Taiwan Strait, October 24, 1944

Tek Sin

 Tek Sin Chinese ocean-going junk

Called the "Titanic of the East" when it sank taking with it over 1,600 people. Only about 200 people survived, being rescued by another ship the next day.

LAUNCHED: 1820 circa FATE: Grounded on a reef, then sank on February 6, 1822

Terra Nova

 Terra Nova British wooden-hulled barque

Serving in the British Antarctic Expedition 1910, best remembered for the death of Captain Scott and four companions. Built for the Dundee whaling and sealing fleet, working 10 years in the annual seal fishery in the Labrador Sea.

LAUNCHED: 1884 FATE: Sank off the southwestern tip of Greenland, September 13, 1943

The World, MS

 The World, MS Swedish cruise ship

A ship serving as a residential community owned by its residents. She became the largest passenger ship to transit the Northwest Passage by sailing from Nome, Alaska to Nuuk, Greenland in 25 days, August-September, 2012.

LAUNCHED: 2002 March FATE: Still in service

Theodore Too

 Theodore Too Canadian tug boat

Full size imitation tugboat based on the fictional tugboat Theodore from the television show Theodore Tugboat. Ambassador of the U.S. NationalSafe Boating Council and mascot to the U.S. Coast Guard participating in several tall ship events.

LAUNCHED: 2000 April 19 FATE: Still in service


 Thermopylae English extreme clipper

Raced the clipper Cutty Sark from Shanghai back to London and won by seven days. In 1897, she was sold to Portugal and renamed Pedro Nunes for used as a naval training ship.

LAUNCHED: 1868 August FATE: Sunk as target practice by the Portuguese Navy, October 13, 1907

Thresher, USS

 Thresher, USS American nuclear submarine

Lost at sea during deep-diving tests in 1963 with 129 crew. The lead ship of her class of nuclear-powered attack submarines. One of two nuclear submarines the U.S. Navy has lost, the other being USS Scorpion, SSN-589.

LAUNCHED: 1960 July 9 FATE: Sunk April 10, 1963

Tigerfish, USS

 Tigerfish, USS American attack submarine

Fictional submarine in the movie Ice Station Zebra. Portrayed in the movie by the diesel-electric submarine USS Ronquil when seen on the surface.

LAUNCHED: 1968 movie release FATE: Unknown

Titanic, RMS

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 Titanic, RMS British luxury ocean liner

The most famous ship sinking in history, she sank after hitting iceberg in the Atlantic, claiming over 1500 lives. She was believed by many to be unsinkable. Her gradually disintegrating remains lie on the seabed at a depth of 3,784 meters, or more than 2 mile.

LAUNCHED: 1911 May 31 FATE: Sank in the North Atlantic April 15, 1912

Toya Maru

 Toya Maru Japanese train ferry

Her sinking was one of the major factors behind the construction of the Seikan Tunnel between Hokkaido and Honshu. Perhaps 1,153 people were lost but the exact number is unknown because some people boarded without tickets and others cancelled just before sailing.

LAUNCHED: 1947 November FATE: Sank during a typhoon in the Tsugaru Strait September 26, 1954


 Trieste Italian deep-diving research bathyscaphe; Swiss designed

Dove to a record ocean depth of about 10,911 metres, or about 6.8 miles. She reached the ocean floor in the Mariana Trench on January 23, 1960. She found the missing submarine USS Thresher off the coast of New England in August of 1963.

LAUNCHED: 1953 August 26 FATE: On display at the U.S. Naval National Undersea Museum in Keyport, Washington

Triple Deuce

 Triple Deuce (because of its length)American luxury yacht, owner nationality unknown

Soon to be the largest yacht in the world at 222 meters or 728.4 feet; larger than most cruise ships. Costing over a billion US dollars, she has opulent accommodations and a speed in excess of 30 knots or 35 mph.

LAUNCHED: 2018 Spring FATE: Currently being outfitted and scheduled to be launched


 Turbinia British steamship

First steam turbine-powered steamship and the fastest ship in the world at that time at over 34 knots. She showed up unannounced at the Fleet Review for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee at Spithead in 1897, racing up and down the ranks of other ships.

LAUNCHED: 1894 August 2 FATE: On display at the Discovery Museum at Newcastle upon Tyne, England


 U-234 German submarine

Hitler's last submarine; ironically, there is an isotope of uranium designated U-234. While attempting to deliver uranium to Japan near the end of World War II, it surrendered to the United States on May 14, 1945.

LAUNCHED: 1943 December FATE: Sunk by torpedo November 20, 1947


 U-505 (see also U-110)German submarine

Codebooks, an Enigma machine, and other secret materials that were found on board assisted Allied code breakers during World War II. U-505: All but one of crew were rescued. U-110: There were casualties among the crew caused by two attacking destroyers.

LAUNCHED: 1941 August FATE: Captured in June 4, 1944. Now at Chicago museum

Umbria, RMS

 Umbria, RMS British >ocean liner

With her sister ship, Etruria, the last two transatlantic ocean liners fitted with auxiliary sails. In May of 1903, the Mafia tried to blow her up but failed. In December, she floundered for several days at sea.

LAUNCHED: 1884 June 26 FATE: Scrapped in 1910


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 Unicorn British three-masted sailing ship

Royal Navy vessel appearing in the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé The Adventures of Tintin, and the movie. She is the setting of a battle between pirates and sailors, then scuttled, and discovered years later by the boy Tintin and his friends.

LAUNCHED: 1943 first appeared in print; movie release in 2011 FATE: Continuing

United States, SS

 United States, SS American ocean liner (steamship)

The fastest liner ever built; virtually no wood used in her construction. On her maiden voyage she captured the Blue Riband with the fastest transatlantic crossing on record in 3 days, 10 hours, 40 minutes at an average speed of 35.59 knots.

LAUNCHED: 1951 June 23 FATE: As of February 7, 2012 work has begun on the restoration project to prepare the ship for her eventual rebuild

Valencia, SS

 Valencia, SS American passenger steamboat (steamship)

Consider the worst maritime disaster in the Graveyard of the Pacific, a treacherous area off the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. 27 years after her sinking, one of her life rafts was found floating peacefully in nearby Barkley Sound.

LAUNCHED: 1882 May FATE: Wrecked January 22, 1906

Vandenberg, USAFS

 Vandenberg, USAFS (formerly USS General Harry Taylor)American transport ship

Second-largest artificial reef in the world, after the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany. Transported troops in World War II. In 1998, she was featured in the film Virus as the Russian research ship Akademik Vladislav Volkov.

LAUNCHED: 1943 October FATE: Sunk May 27, 2009, six miles off the Florida Keys

Vanguard, HMS

 Vanguard, HMS English ship of the line, 74-gun third-rate

The flag ship of Horatio Nelson at the Battle of the Nile, 1798. Prince Alberto of Naples and Sicily, part of a royal entourage on board fleeing from Naples and the French, died on board.

LAUNCHED: 1787 March 6 FATE: Broken up in 1821


 Vasa (or Wasa)Swedish wooden warship

The ship was salvaged with a largely intact hull in 1961 and now is in the Vasa Museum in Stockholm. During the 1961 recovery, thousands of artifacts and the remains of at least 15 people were found in and around the hull of the Vasa by marine archaeologists.

LAUNCHED: 1627 FATE: Sank on her maiden voyage in 1628 near Södermalm; salvaged in 1961

Vestris, SS

 Vestris, SS British passenger steamship

The ship sank taking more passengers to their death than crew. 60 of 128 passengers survived, 155 of 198 crew survived. None of 13 children and only 8 of 33 women survived.

LAUNCHED: 1912 May FATE: Sank, November 12, 1928


 Victoria (or Nao Victoria)Spanish carrack or nao

First ship to circumnavigate the world — August, 1519 to September of 1522; a total of 42,000 miles. Captain Ferdinand Magellan was killed in the Phillipines; another four ships were lost along the way.

LAUNCHED: 1518 about FATE: 1522 or soon after

Victory, HMS

 Victory, HMS English first-rate ship of the line

Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. She was refitted and repainted in 1800-1803, almost broken up in 1831, fitted up as a Naval School 1889, retired in 1904, and eventually restored.

LAUNCHED: 1765 May 7 FATE: Being restored at the HMNB, Portsmouth, England

Ville de Nancy

 Ville de Nancy American sloop of war

Fictious ship in the movie Passageto Marseille, set during World War II and starring Humphrey Bogart. For the movie, Warner Bros. built a full-scale Merchant Marine ship modeled after the French ship Ville de Nancy.

LAUNCHED: 1940 FATE: Unknown

Ville de Paris

 Ville de Paris French ship of the line, large three-decker

The flagship of the Comte de Grasse during the American Revolutionary War and the Siege of Yorktown. A ship of the line of the Royal Navy was named after her, HMS Ville de Paris, and launched in 1795.

LAUNCHED: 1764 FATE: Sank in September 1782 with other ships in a Central Atlantic hurricane

Vincennes, USS

 Vincennes, USS American sloop of war

First U.S. ship to circumnavigate the globe. She was the flagship for the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838.

LAUNCHED: 1826 FATE: Sunk 1867

Virginia, CSS

 Virginia, CSS (formerly USS Merimac)Americant Confederat ironclad warship

With USS Monitor, first naval battle between ironclad warships at the Battle of Hampton Roads. Converted to ironclad from a steam frigate.

LAUNCHED: 1862 February FATE: Destroyed by crew May 11, 1862

Vital Spark

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 Vital Spark British Clyde puffer cargo ship

Star of the book series and British TV comedy series, The Vital Spark about the adventures of the boat captain and his crew. The BBC Scotland TV program The Vital Spark (1959-1974 series) was set in the western isles of Scotland in the 1930s, based on the books by Neil Munro

LAUNCHED: 1931 book published; 1959 for the start of TV series; boat built in 1943 FATE: The boat is to be restored as a tourist attraction with the Inveraray Maritime Museum.

Vrouw Maria

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 Vrouw Maria Dutch merchant ship, wooden two-masted

Treasure ship that went down with great artworks and jewelry for Catherine the Great. After its discovery in 1999, a Vrouw Maria Maritime Museum was established in Helsinki, Finland.

LAUNCHED: 1770 circa FATE: Sank October 3, 1771


 Vulcan (image is the replica)Scottish barge

The original barge was the first all iron-hulled vessel to be built; the replica was the last Scottish vessel built using traditional riveting techniques. The iron canal boat named Trial, built by John Wilkinson in 1787, was not all iron. In 1988, a replica of the Vulcan was constructed.

LAUNCHED: 1819 original ship; replica, 1985 FATE: The original was sold for scrap 1873; the replica now sits decaying at Coatbridge, in North Lanarkshire, Scotland


 Walk-in-the-Water American paddle steamboat, stern-wheeler with two masts

First steamboat on Lake Erie and the eastern Great Lakes. Two large paddle boxes amidship housed her paddle wheels.

LAUNCHED: 1818 August 23, first voyage FATE: Grounded on the beach south of Buffalo, NY, October 31, 1821


 Wanderer American whaling ship

Last American whaling ship. The mast of the Wanderer stands as a flagpole in Boston Navy Yard, a few feet from where it was built.

LAUNCHED: 1878 FATE: Lost in a storm near Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts, on August 26, 1924

Waratah, SS

 Waratah, SS Australian steamship

Known as the Australia's Titanic, she disappeared en route with 211 passengers and crew aboard. To this day, no trace of the ship has been found.

LAUNCHED: 1908 October FATE: Disappeared without trace south of Durban, July of 1909

Warrior, HMS

 Warrior, HMS British "warship

First British iron-hulled, armour-plated warship. She was the largest, fastest, most heavily armed and armored warship up to that time.

LAUNCHED: 1860 December 29 FATE: Currently berthed in Portsmouth, England as a museum

Whydah Gally

 Whydah Gally British sailing ship, square rigged three-masted

Flagship of the pirate "Black Sam" Bellamy.. The wreck was found in 1984. Artifacts from the wreck are on display at The Whydah Pirate Museum in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

LAUNCHED: 1715 FATE: Sank in a violent storm April 26, 1717

Wilhelm Bauer

 Wilhelm Bauer (originally U-2540)German submarine, Type XXI

One of several captured World War II Type XXI U-boats designed to operate primarily submerged. She is the only floating example of a this type of U-boat.

LAUNCHED: 1945 January FATE: Scuttled May 4, 1945; raised, June 1957; museum ship as of April 1984 at Bremerhaven, Germany.

Wilhelm Gustloff, MV

 Wilhelm Gustloff, MV German purpose-built cruise ship used as a hospital ship and troop ship in World War II

Greatest ship disaster in recorded maritime history with an estimated 9,400 people were killed in the sinking. It was sunk by a Soviet submarine while participating in the evacuation of civilians, military personnel, and Nazi officials who were surrounded by the Red Army in East Prussia.

LAUNCHED: 1937 May FATE: Torpedoed in the Baltic Sea January 30, 1945

Wolf, SMS

 Wolf, SMS German merchant raider

Armed merchant raider of the German Navy in World War I and World War II. Not a fast ship, Wolf's advantage was deception, such as changing her appearance with fake funnels and masts, and false sides which kept her weapons hidden.

LAUNCHED: 1913 March 8 FATE: Out of service February, 1918; scrapped in 1931


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famous ship Tang, USS of United States
famous ship Tek Sin of Chinese
famous ship Terra Nova of British
famous ship The World, MS of Swedish
famous ship Theodore Too of Canadian
famous ship Thermopylae of English
famous ship Thresher, USS of American
famous ship Tigerfish, USS of American
famous ship Titanic, RMS of British
famous ships Titanic, RMS of British
famous ship Toya Maru of Japanese
famous ship Trieste of Italian
famous ship Triple Deuce of American
famous ship Turbinia of British
famous ship U-234 of German
famous ship U-505 of German
famous ship Umbria, RMS of British
famous ship Unicorn of British
famous ships Unicorn of British
famous ship United States, SS of American
famous ship Valencia, SS of American
famous ship Vandenberg, USAFS of American
famous ship Vanguard, HMS of English
famous ship Vasa of Swedish
famous ship Vestris, SS of British
famous ship Victoria of Spanish
famous ship Victory, HMS of English
famous ship Ville de Nancy of American
famous ship Ville de Paris of French
famous ship Vincennes, USS of American
famous ship Virginia, CSS of Americant Confederat
famous ship Vital Spark of British
famous ships Vital Spark of British
famous ship Vrouw Maria of Dutch
famous ships Vrouw Maria of Dutch
famous ship Vulcan of Scottish
famous ship Walk-in-the-Water of American
famous ship Wanderer of American
famous ship Waratah, SS of Australian
famous ship Warrior, HMS of British
famous ship Whydah Gally of British
famous ship Wilhelm Bauer of German
famous ship Wilhelm Gustloff, MV of German
famous ship Wolf, SMS of German
famous ship World is not Enough of American
famous ship X-craft submarine of American
famous ship Yamato of Japanese
famous ship Yarmouth Castle, SS of American
famous ship Zheng He's fleet of Chinese
famous ships Zheng He's fleet of Chinese
famous ship Zoroaster of Swedish
famous ship Zumwalt, USS of American
World is not Enough

 World is not Enough American super yacht

Fastest yacht in the world. She cruises at 50 knots and can reach speeds of up to 70 knots.

LAUNCHED: 2005 FATE: Still in use

X-craft submarine

 X-craft submarine American miniature submarine

Deployed September, 1943 against German warships based in Norway. These midget subs would be towed to their target area by a full-size submarine. Of the 20 built, seven were lost, 12 scuttled or scrapped.

LAUNCHED: 1943 FATE: Only one has survive and is on display at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum.


 Yamato Japanese battleship

The largest, heaviest, and most powerful battleships ever constructed. She was the flagship of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto during World War II.

LAUNCHED: 1940 August 8 FATE: Sunk north of Okinawa April 7, 1945

Yarmouth Castle, SS

 Yarmouth Castle, SS (christened Evangeline)American cruise ship

Fire left 90 of 552 on board died. Her loss lead to the Safety of Life at Sea law. During World War II, she served as a troop ship and hospital ship in the Pacific.

LAUNCHED: 1927 FATE: Sunk in a blaze on the way to Nassau November 13, 1965

Zheng He's fleet

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 Zheng He's fleet (fleet of 200-317 ships)Chinese treasure ship

The fleet's voyages came before most of the famous European voyages of discovery.. Zheng He's seven expeditions were designed to establish a Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean and control trade. The ships dwarfed European ships of that century.

LAUNCHED: 1405 first voyage FATE: Last voyage, 1430


 Zoroaster (named after the Iranian philosopher)Swedish oil tanker

The first successful oil tanker, carrying the kerosene cargo in two iron tanks in her hull instead of many separate wooden casks. She was built by Ludwig Nobel, brother of Alfred who created The Nobel Prize.

LAUNCHED: 1878 FATE: Unknown

Zumwalt, USS

 Zumwalt, USS American guided missile destroyer

Designed with stealth capabilities, having a radar cross-section akin to a fishing boat. Commanding officer is Captain James A. Kirk, coincidentially the same as the Star Trek captain.

LAUNCHED: 2013 October FATE: Currently at sea

The number of Ships and Boats T-Z listed is 47

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