1. The Santa Maria
This Spanish 70 foot long vessel is the famous shit that took Christopher Columbus to the new world. Nobody knows what certain areas of the world would be like if it hadn’t been for his discovery.
Travelling from Europe to America, the ship lasted the seas brutality but eventually the Santa Maria could not make a repeat journey, as her wood eventually became old and rotting.
Four replicas of the ship have been made since, none being exact duplicates.
2. The RMS Titanic
The RMS Titanic was a ship that everybody wanted to sail on. It was a passenger liner that was built by the White Star Line and was nicknamed “The Unsinkable Ship.”
The ship sadly became famous for sinking, killing around 1500 people. It’s history and stories of the individuals on the ship are extraordinary and will continue to be told forever.
A hotel has even been created in the White Star Lines home city of Liverpool.
3. U.S.S Constitution
The “Old Ironsides” was famous for her sturdiness and is now on display in a Boston museum. She was sailing for 213 years, an usually long service life. Lasting through the Civil War where she was used as a training ship she was then used periodically until 1881.
4. HMS Victory
The Royal Navy ship HMS Victory served during the late eighteenth century and is legendary. It is one of the largest wooden ships to ever be built, and has seen a considerable amount of action during it’s time.
In 1922 the British Government invested in massively restoring the boat and she now sits proudly in a museum in Portsmouth, England, near the British naval base.
5. Battleship U.S.S Maine
A ship that is famous for what it represented. In 1898, the ship was torn in two by a mysterious explosion and sank in a matter of minutes, killing all but 89 of her 355-man crew.
The Spanish battle cry “Remember the Maine” remains popular and it has never actually been proven who is responsible.
This ship lasted a mere 15 minutes before the Japanese shot and sunk her in Pearl Harbour in 1941. The shot was a one-in-a-million one, but despite this, hit the ship, killing 1,177 men. The blazing wreck that was once a proud ship burned for days.
Inevitably the ship was so badly damaged that it was very much beyond repair and wasn’t salvageable. It now remains a war memorial, visited by hundreds of people a year.