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Famous Ships

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  1. Launched in 1906, it became a generic term for modern battleships.

    HMS Dreadnought

  2. Captain Cook's first ship.

    HMS Endeavour

  3. World's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

    USS Enterprise

  4. The largest of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus.

    Santa Maria

  5. Greek shipowner Aristotle Onassis's famous yacht that he named for his daughter


    (Now Christina O).

  6. Gained widespread infamy after the March 24, 1989 oil spill in which it hit Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef. Also featured in the movie Water World.

    Exxon Valdez

  7. In 1956, it became the last major transatlantic passenger vessel to sink before aircraft became the preferred method of travel.

    Andrea Doria

  8. Fastest of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492.


  9. Site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan at the end of World War II.

    USS Missouri

  10. Became famous for rescuing the survivors of Titanic after Titanic sank on 15 April 1912.


  11. Ship that transported the Pilgrims from Plymouth, England, to Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts (United States), in 1620.

    The Mayflower

  12. Hijaked in 1985 by four men representing the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF). The hijack was made into a television movie in 1990, starring Burt Lancaster and Eva Marie Saint.

    Achille Lauro

  13. A 60-gun frigate of the French Navy, famous for bringing the remains of Napoléon from Saint Helena back to France.

    Belle Poule

  14. On May 7, 1915, it was torpedoed by a German U-Boat, the U-20. It sank within 18 minutes, killing 1,198 of the 1,962 people aboard. The sinking turned sentiments in neutral nations against Germany and helped provoke the United States into entering the war two years later.

    RMS Lusitania

  15. Probably the strongest wooden ship ever built. Used in expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic regions by the Norwegian explorers Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup, Oscar Wisting, and Roald Amundsen between 1893 and 1912.


  16. Ship famous for transporting Napoléon to Saint Helena in 1815.

    HMS Northumberland and HMS Bellerophon

  17. Named for the Spanish word for 'girl' and was a part of Columbus' fleet. The real name was Santa Clara. Also said to be Columbus' favorite.


  18. Raft used by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl in his 1947 expedition. Named after the Inca sun god.


  19. Best known for its global circumnavigation between 1577 and 1580, captained by Sir Francis Drake.

    The Golden Hind

  20. A ship that Jacques-Yves Cousteau, one of the most important researchers in oceanography, equipped as a mobile laboratory for field research.


  21. Dutch ship captained by Henry Hudson.

    Halve Maen (Half Moon)

  22. The ship in which Captain James Cook made his second and third voyages of exploration in the Pacific. She impressed him enough that he called her "the ship of my choice."

    HMS Resolution

  23. The flagship of Vasco da Gama's armada on his first voyage to India in 1497-1499

    São Gabriel

  24. Name of a series of ships operated by Greenpeace.

    Rainbow Warrior

  25. Also known as 'Old Ironsides', it is the oldest warship still in commission afloat. Widely cited as the most famous U.S. warship of all time.

    USS Constitution

  26. Ship used by Ernest Shackleton in his 1908 Antarctic Nimrod Expedition for the South Pole.


  27. World's first operational nuclear-powered submarine and the first vessel to complete a submerged transit across the North Pole - not commanded by Captain Nemo though!

    USS Nautilus

  28. A lake freighter that sank suddenly during a gale storm on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975. Made famous by Gordon Lightfoot's hit song.

    Edmund Fitzgerald

  29. Ship that was subject of the mutiny was led by Fletcher Christian against the captain, William Bligh.

    HMS Bounty

  30. Ship made famous by Charles Darwin.

    HMS Beagle

  31. A Canadian schooner from Nova Scotia launched in 1921, a celebrated racing ship and a symbol of the province.


    The name 'bluenose' originated as a nick-name for Nova Scotians.

  32. One of the five ships of Ferdinand Magellan's expedition to the Spice Islands or Moluccas. It was named after a church where Magellan took an oath of allegiance to Charles of Spain. Only ship to survive the expedition which circumnavigated the globe between 1519 and 1522.


  33. One of the most famous warships of WWII - named after a German chancellor - Ordered by Churchill to be sunk.


  34. Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar and the oldest warship still in commission.

    HMS Victory