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Famous Ships and Boats T-Z
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
LAUNCHED: 1968 movie release → FATE: Unknown
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
LAUNCHED: 1787 March 6 → FATE: Broken up in 1821
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
LAUNCHED: 1862 February → FATE: Destroyed by crew May 11, 1862
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.
LAUNCHED: 1770 circa → FATE: Sank October 3, 1771
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.
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
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
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
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
LAUNCHED: 1715 → FATE: Sank in a violent storm April 26, 1717
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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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