More historical ships, famous boat names and warship names
HMS Beagle – The Beagle was a 10-gun sloop from the Royal Navy made famous by carrying Charles Darwin around the globe. Darwin formulated his theory of evolution while aboard the Beagle.
Bismark – The Bismark was one of two enormous battleships built for the Nazi forces.
HMS Bounty – This small merchant ship built by the Royal British Navy was made famous by a mutiny against Captain Bligh.
The Essex – An American whaleship from Nantucket, MA. Captained by George Pollard Jr., the ship was sunk by a sperm whale in 1820. This was the inspiration for Melville’s classic book, Moby Dick.
USS Gabrielle Giffords – A U.S. Navy littoral combat ship named after a politician and shooting victim.
USS George H.W. Bush – The last of the famous Nimitz class super-carriers. This vessel was named after the 41st president of the U.S.
Golden Hind – This famous British ship was captained by by Sir Francis Drake. Between 1577 and 1580, Sir Drake completed the first circumnavigation of the globe on the Golden Hind.
CSS Hunley – One of the first submarines used in warfare, she was dangerous to everyone near her. The Hunley was built by the Confederates in 1863 for the purpose of sinking Union ships that were blocking harbors. The CSS Hunley submarine did sink a Union ship but also sank itself repeatedly.
RMS Lusitania – This British ocean liner was sunk by a German U-boat in 1915. That bold move precipitated America’s entry into the first World War.
USS Maine – This ill-fated warship played a pivotal role in the short-lived Spanish-American War. A mysterious explosion aboard the USS Maine caused the ship to sink in Havana harbor, off the coast of Cuba. 89 seamen perished. Believing the incident to be an act of sabotage, the United States took the offensive again Spain.
Mayflower – This ship delivered British Separatists, known today as the Pilgrims, to Massachusetts in 1620.
Merrimack – A frigate ship, used as the platform for the construction of the CSS Virginia during the Civil War.
Misaka – This historic ship was internationally regarded as one of the best of its time. The International Japanese Navy made good use of Misaka. In 1904 and 1905, while patrolling the Yellow Sea and the Tsushima Straight, the Misaka sunk multiple Russian boats.
USS Misouri – The “Mighty Mo” is a very famous historical warship, in that World War 2 officially ended aboard this ship. The surrender documents were signed aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. This massive vessel went on to sea action in the Korean War and the Persian Gulf in 1991.
USS Monitor – an iron steamship built during the American civil war.
Potemkin – The Russian revolution began in 1905. This famous warship receives credit for firing the first shots of this war.
Santa Maria – The largest of the three ships used by Columbus as he ‘discovered’ North America in 1492.
HMS Victory – This was Lord Nelson’s ship used in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The Victory was a top-notch man-of-war. It was the pride of the Royal Navy. Under Lord Nelson’s command, the HMS Victory defeated a vastly out-numbered French/Spanish fleet off the coast of Cape Trafalgar. This defeat helped shut down Napoleon’s advance towards Britain.
CSS Virginia – The first iron-hulled warship used by the Confederate Navy.
Yamato – The biggest and deadliest of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s battleships. The Yamato displaced more water than any battleship in history. Her massive 18 inch guns propelled 3,000 pound ammo up to 30 miles towards an enemy.