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Most Famous Ships in History

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Ever since man began exploring the sea, we have been building bigger and better ships. Many of the ships that are listed here have made an impact on our history. Some of them stand above the rest and helped decide the course of our history.

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Titanic 1912 Report Abuse
Perhaps one of the most famous ships in modern history, the unsinkable Titanic sank on her maiden voyage on 14 April 1912. 1,517 lives were lost.
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Easily number 1 almost everyone in the world ( appropriate age ) has herd about it
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I thought Noah's ark was more famous
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I knew the Titanic was going to be number 1
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Noah's Ark 2349 BC? Report Abuse
The title of most famous ocean going vessel should perhaps go to this vessel that was built by Prophet Noah.
345 points - added 9 years ago by josephling67 - 6 comments
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You mean a retelling of the "Epic of Gilgamesh" and a drunk who survived while this god murdered millions of infants and the unborn?
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The Ark is real
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Amen :)
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How do you know that thios ship did not exist?
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Haha..Good one
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You should keep the list to real ships. Ships that actually existed. If you put the ark on here you should also put the Flying Dutchman
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Mayflower 1609 Report Abuse
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USS Enterprise 1936 Report Abuse
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my pops served on the Enterprise.
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Most decorated warship of WWII, deserves a lot more than others ahead of her. She won the war, hands down
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Late '42 and early '43, it was USS Enterprise vs the IJN
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USS Constitution 1797 Report Abuse
One of the longest serving battleship in the US navy.
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The Bismarck 1939 Report Abuse
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She survived loads and sank herself. WOW
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Exactly because she had a very insufficient air defence, she was brought to her end, and therefore she well deserved her fame, being hunted by the whole British fleet and finally she sunk herself.
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Over rated. Took on an "Old Aunt", the over matched Hood, and her asthmatic niece who was still in her training bra, Prince of Wales, succumbing to aircraft a US DD would've taken out
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an example of dramatic bravery. It took the British half of their fleet to hunt this ship down.
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RMS Queen Mary 1934 Report Abuse
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Lusitania 1906 Report Abuse
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this passenger ship was full with amunition. The US and British governmenr kbew that. But when a German U-boat sank it, it was denied to make the Germans look as culprits and give the US the official reason to join on British side into war against Germany. Today nobody is interested in such details
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HMS Bounty 1787 Report Abuse
Famous for the mutiny lead by Fletcher Christian and the crew of the bounty against Captain William Bligh.
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HMS Hood 1920 Report Abuse
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Actually a Battle Cruise
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The biggest battle ship of the British navy in WW II
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Cruiser Emden Report Abuse
This German light cruiser fought a remarkable way through the indian Ocean, escaping so many times its superior ennemies. The ships men suceeded in making their way through many hostile countries bach to Germany during WW I. An unparalleled history of adventure and dedication with the constant comrade of a narrow escapes
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I read the book about this adventurous performance of a whole cruiser crew. The British chased them all over the world and never got them. A daring escape story second to none. Good stuff for Hollywood, but the heroes are on the wrong side.
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USS Indianapolis Report Abuse
Sent on a top secret mission to deliver the parts for the atomic bomb in WWII. Shortly after was sank by a Japanese sub.
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USS Arizona 1915 Report Abuse
Famous not for the battles she fought, but for the way she was sunk by the Japanese.
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HMS Victory 1765 Report Abuse
Considered the oldest ship that is still commissioned by the Royal Navy.
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Admiral Graf Spee 1934 Report Abuse
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The AGS played games with the British naval forces of the Southern Seas. Their captain played a deplorable act of wrong honour.
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The Yamato 1940 Report Abuse
Regarded as the biggest battleship that was ever built with a displacement of 72,800 tons.
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Also known as the "Hotel of Truk", the fuel wasting White Elephant was chased away by USN "Second Stringers" in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Her and 3 other Battleships, 6 CA, 2 CL, and a bunch of DDs were chased off by 6 CVEs (Combustible, Vulnerable, Expendable) Escort Carriers, 4 DDs, and 3 DEs. The best ships in the encounter was the DD 557 USS Johnston and the DE 413 USS Samuel B. Roberts
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Unfortunate ship according to its strenght and was easy target to masive air atack the same way than sister ship the Musashi
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the Battleship uss IOWA Report Abuse
the most formidable Battle ship of world war II
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Was able to tour good portion. Very impressive indeed. Highly recommended.
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Not really.
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Santa Maria Report Abuse
Leading la Nina and la Pinta, The Santa Maria captained by Christopher Columbus discovered the North American continent in 1492. You can say it's famous for not sinking.
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Big MO Report Abuse
the Battleship MISSOURI on whose deck the treaty which ended world war II was signed
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She wasnt special besides the signing,
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Should be way higher on this list. Fought in Three wars, served into the early 90's
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USS Monitor 1862 Report Abuse
The first iron battleship commissioned for the U.S. Navy
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Ottoman frigate Ertuğrul Report Abuse
Ertuğrul, launched in 1863, was a sailing frigate of the Ottoman Navy. While returning from a goodwill voyage from Japan in 1890, she encountered a typhoon off the coast of Wakayama Prefecture, subsequently drifted into a reef and sank. The maritime accident resulted in the loss of 533 sailors, including Admiral Ali Osman Pasha. Only sixty-nine sailors and officers survived and returned home later aboard two Japanese corvettes. The event is still commemorated as a foundation stone of Japanese-Turkish friendship.
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the BEAGLE Report Abuse
it was the ship which carried Charles Darwin to the Galapagos Island and other Places and aided in his theories which caused much controversy and which led to the beliefs we hold today along with religious theories.
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SS United States Report Abuse
The United States is America's Flagship and still holds the Blue Ribband today as the world's fastest ship. She is currently docked in Philadelphia and needs your help to be converted into a hotel and museum. Donate today at ssusc.org before the ship is sold for scrap! :(
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Battleship Potemkin Report Abuse
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Queen Anne's Revenge Report Abuse
Ship of famous pirate, Edward Teach a.k.a. "Blackbeard" during the Golden Age of Piracy
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RMS Queen Elizabeth 1938 Report Abuse
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USS Massachusetts 1941 Report Abuse
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USS Midway CV-41 1945 Report Abuse
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Santa Nina 1492 Report Abuse
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HMS Dreadnought 1906 Report Abuse
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USS Texas Report Abuse
The first modern battleship/ Dreadnought made by the US. It fought in both world wars and fought in all theaters of the second World War even though the ship was made in 1912.
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USS Long Beach CGN-9 1959 Report Abuse
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Battlecruiser Scharnhorst 1939 Report Abuse
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Santisma Trinidad 1769 Report Abuse
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Сruiser Aurora Report Abuse
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Schleswig Holstein Report Abuse
A German battleship built in 1907. Its attack on Polish Westerplatte military base has started the 2nd world war.
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Started, not has started.
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Victoria 1519 Report Abuse
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The first ship that was known to travel around the world
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HMS Ark Royal 1937 Report Abuse
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It were airplanes from that carrier which hit the Bismarck with torpedos that blocked her rudder and sentenced her to death.
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HMS Endeavour Report Abuse
The Endeavour is one of the most famous ships in naval history and was used by Captain James Cook to discover the East Coast of Australia in 1770. Recently found of Newport USA.
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Russian cruiser Varyag Report Abuse
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RMS Olympic (1911) Report Abuse
One of the infamous RMS Titanic's two near-identical sisters. After 24 years of service Olympic was retired and scrapped in 1935.
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HMHS Britannic (1915) Report Abuse
One of the infamous RMS Titanic's two near-identical sisters. HMHS Britannic was intended to serve as a british passenger liner, but was commissioned as a hospital ship by the british government during the outbreak of WWI. HMHS Britannic would later sink on the 21 November 1916 after hitting an underwater mine in the Kea Channel off the Greek island of Kea.
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U.S.S. Dolphin Report Abuse
Father of modern Navy. 2nd presidential yacht. Involved in 2 wars. Carried both Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt.
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Halve Maen (Half Moon) Report Abuse
The Dutch East India Company (VOC) hired Henry Hudson to search for a trade route to India and China. Hudson's voyage in de Halve Maen (Half Moon) in 1609 led to the exploration of the waterways of New York. Based on Hudson's voyage, the Dutch founded Nieu Nederlandt (New Netherland), the first European settlements in the States of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. The Dutch colony of New Netherland is the origin for the American "dollar" (daalder), nickname ("Yankee"), and name, "United States of America" after the United States of Holland (see Oxford English Dictionary). American holidays Thanksgiving and "Santa Claus" (Sinter Claus) derive from this Dutch influence. The first public schools in America were established in New Netherland along with religious freedom and a tolerant, multicultural society. One of the first American flags was made from a cut up Dutch flag.
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Maersk Alabama Report Abuse
The ship of Captain Phillips which was raided by pirates off the coast of Somalia. This is the first pirates to attack an American vessel in over 100 years. Ihia inched ident happened in 2009
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I think it should say this incident happened in 2009.
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IJN Akagi 1927 Report Abuse
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INS Viraat Report Abuse
Aircraft carrier with longest service record Comissioned in 1950's and expected to work till early 2020's
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Mary Celeste Report Abuse
The Mary Celeste was an American merchant brigantine that was discovered on December 4, 1872, off the Azores Islands, sailing with no one on board and with her lifeboat missing. When found by the Canadian brigantine Dei Gratia, Mary Celeste was in a disheveled but seaworthy condition, under partial sail; the last log entry was ten days earlier. She had left New York for Genoa a month previously, and was well provisioned. Her cargo of denatured alcohol was apparently undisturbed, as were the captain's and crew's personal belongings. None of those who had been on board were seen or heard from again.
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Battleship Mikasa 1900 Report Abuse
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Jesus 1768 Report Abuse
The first ship to set sail to Africa for slave trade. This ship carried 53,000 slaves each year from Africa to the Americas (carribean, north & south america). This is the start of the 'Triangular Trade' and the 'African American Slave Trade'.
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The River STYX ferry Report Abuse
This ferry takes lost souls of hell and delivers them to various circles of HELL .Dantes INFERNO
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