I grew up on the coast and lived most of my life within walking distance of the ocean. I have a real fascination with lighthouses and have written about lighthouses in the past. The other thing that comes with living on the ocean is an appreciation of ships. I decided to do a list of famous ships that have meaning to me, This will closely parallel my earlier piece on my favorite bridges.


Victoria became was the first ship to circumnavigate the world. Magellan was accompanied by four other ships. Victoria was the only ship to complete the voyage.


Lusitania was a British luxury ocean liner. Lusitania was sunk by the Germans during the Word War and was one of the reasons why the US joined the war. Lusitania was torpedoed in 1915 killing 1,198 of the people aboard.


The Mayflower transported the Pilgrims, from England, to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.


The Niña was one of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in 1492.


Probably, the world’s most famous ship is the Titanic which became more sensational through the film “Titanic”. During her maiden voyage, Titanic hit an iceberg, and sank resulting in the deaths of 1,517 people.

USS Arizona

This American battleship was destroyed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor with the loss of 1,177 lives.

USS Constitution

The oldest warship still in commission

Noah’s Ark

Noah’s Ark, from the Book of Genesis.


Bismarck, a German battleship, is the most famous warship of the Second World War British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued the order to “Sink the Bismarck”, spurring a relentless pursuit by the Royal Navy. In the ensuing battle Bismarck was heavily attacked for nearly three hours before sinking.

Queen Anne’s Revenge

Queen Anne’s Revenge was the name of Blackbeard’s flagship.
Blackbeard converted La Concorde into his flagship, probably adding guns and renaming her Queen Anne’s Revenge.

USS Enterprise

The ship from Star Trek makes it onto my list.

SS Emidio

An oil tanker sunk by the Japanese in the Second World War that ended up sinking in Crescent City.

Piece of the hull in Front Street Park.

Brother Jonathan

Probably my favorite ship and one that I wrote a full blog post about.

My list is far from complete but these are the ships that come to my mind.


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One Response to “Ships”

  1. Tom Darby Says:

    Interesting that professionals built the Titanic while an amatuer built the Ark.

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