The most famous ships in the world

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.

6. Battleship U.S.S Arizona

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.

Liverpool’s best and most historic buildings

1. The Royal Liver Building

The Liver Building is one of the cities Three Graces. Built in 1911, it was recently voted the number one building in the city. The building is famous for its beauty, with two iconic Liver Birds, which are a symbol of the city of Liverpool.

Some say that the reason the birds are there is to protect Liverpool and as soon as they fly away, that means that the city of Liverpool will fall. The types are bird are said to be a cross between an eagle and a cormorant, bringing good luck to the sailors.

The clock on the front of the Liver Building is the largest electronically driven clocks in England, even bigger than Big Ben.

Tours of the building used to be available but were stopped due to fear of terrorism after the 7/7 bombings in London.

2. Liverpool Town Hall

Although Liverpool Town Hall is less grand than many town halls across the country, it still takes pride of place in the middle of Liverpool City Centre.

Castle Street, which houses the building is famous in the city for its large and wonderful buildings. At the top of the town hall sits a statue representing Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and protector of cities.

The hall can be rented out for various occasions and weddings and is well and truly a big part of Liverpool.


3. Victoria Gallery and Museum

This magnificent building contains paintings, glassware and art from the 16th up to the 21st century. Liverpool is famed for its excellent choice of museums, that are often free to enter.

The building itself has just gone through renovation to make it into Liverpool Central Library, which holds 15,000 books and has become a new Liverpool landmark.

4. The White Star Building

Albion House, or the White Star Building is famous for its iconic past. It was the home of the Titanic before the disaster in 1912 when the ship famously sank.

It remained belonging to the White Star Line 1934 whilst the company was merged with Royal Mail Line and is an official Grade II listed building.

It has recently undergone a massive renovation and become a hotel dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Titanic disaster and an educational tool, with screens and rooms telling the story of various people that were on the ship or were related to the building of it.

5. The SuperLambBanana

It may not be a building, but the popular SuperLambBanana is iconic in the city of Liverpool.

It was made to represent Liverpool’s sense of humour as well as the serious issue of generic engineering.


The world’s most eco-friendly buildings

The 21st century has seen the coming about of eco friendly builds. Buildings that do their job, as well as doing their bit towards the planet as well. Here is our pick of the best echo friendly buildings in the world.

1. PricewaterhouseCoopers building, London

This building boasts to be the most environmentally friendly building in London; featuring an integrated and very clever system that lets individual workers control the temperature and light of their work space.

2. Bank of America, New York

This building refuses to waste water and rainwater and can be heated by the sun! It was designed by Cook & Fox to let in as much natural light as possible. It was even built with renewable materials.

3. India Tower, Mumbai

Completed in March 2010, this building was made to symbolise the country’s move towards an economically friendly future.

4. Masdar, Abu Dabi

This 64,583,462 square foot development was created by Abu Dabi Future Energy Company. They are building a futuristic city that will rely entirely on solar energy and other renewable sources. It will be car free and self-sustaining- impressive!

5. Transbay Tower, San Francisco

Not quite finished yet, the Transbay Tower will be a 1,200ft structure that will feature a bus terminal with a glass rooftop park, designed to absorb C02 from busses. The roof will have two wind turbines on the roof and sun shades for solar control.

6. COR, Miami

The COR building is the first sustainable mixed-use condominium in Miami, Florida. The building’s design came from Oppenheim Architecture and Design and is 25 storey’s and 400-foot-tall. It is still being completed, due to construction coming to a halt in 2008 because of the economic downturn. When complete, it will generate energy and create a great space for home and work.

7. Northern Arizona University, USB

In the top three greenest buildings in the world, Northern Arizona University has a platinum award rating for its solar power system which covers at leave 20% of their energy use. There are also venting windows and automatic shade controls.

8. Merritt Crossing Senior Apartments, California

The roof on these apartments features both solar and photovoltaic panels, and the windows have high performance glass, which is designed to keep interior light at the right temperature. There is also a low volume ventilation system to keep the apartments cool in the summer without any air con use.

Buildings are kept eco-friendly by the high tech and advanced systems that they use. Many new companies that create such technologies are emerging around the globe. Fridge Hub is an example of a company who encourage the use of renewable energy when it comes to air-con and various other industrial and high energy tools and equipment.

The most amazing listed buildings in the United Kingdom

1. Albion House, Liverpool

Albion House is a Grade II listed building in Liverpool City Centre. It is now known as 30 James Street (the White Star Building).

Constructed between 1896 and 1898, it was built for the Ismay, Imrie and Company shipping company, more commonly known as the White Star Line, the company that built the Titanic ship.

The building was badly damaged during the war then underwent a £5.5 million renovation many years later. It is now the home of the Titanic, with an impressive hotel that pays tribute and memory to the disaster and remembers its history.


2. Glasgow Green Railway Station, Glasgow

One of the Grade II listed buildings that is not open for business. The walls of the station remain, built in 1890 by the Caledonian Railway Co. the station closed to train traffic in 1953.

3. Audley House, London

This luxurious property in Mayfair is one of the country’s most expensive properties, costing around £780,000 a year!

It has a 1,500 sq ft master bedroom that is bigger than the average home in Britain and has 5 VIP bedroom suites, a gym and private garden.

It’s owner is billionaire and Phones 4 U founder John Caudwell who made his fortune from the company and selling it on at a massive profit in 2011.

4. St Luke’s Church, Liverpool

Liverpool is famous for its amazing buildings and architecture. The bombed out church is unique because of its extensive history. The Liverpool Blitz in 1941 left the church without a roof and badly damaged.

It is now a memorial to those who were lost in the war and is cherished and held dear by local people. It is now used for gigs and concerts as well as a meeting place for several groups of people around Liverpool.



5. Sydney Gardens Bridge, Bath

This is more of a public building than a building. These eighteenth century gardens were brought back to life by the local council in 1908 and opened up as a park to the public.

The park has a hotel, bridges and the Kennet and Avon canal running through it as well as a temple and The Pavilion Cottage.

There is also a footbridge over the railway which was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and built in 1840, as were the retaining walls and even the toilets here are listed buildings!