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Informative Facts About Ships




The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise was the longest warship ever built and weighed over 90,000 tons. Despite this, it was one of the fastest, due to having 8 separate nuclear reactors putting out a total of 280,000hp. No other carrier has more than two.

The Titanic had an older sister ship called "Olympic", which became the only civilian ship to sink an enemy warship during World War 1 when it turned around and rammed a German submarine attempting to attack it. The submarine was gashed open by The Olympic's propellor.

Santa María, the largest ship used by Christopher Columbus when he reached the Americas, was only 62 feet (19m) long, or slightly longer than a large coach bus.

U.S. Navy has only one ship held captive by another nation. North Korea took the USS Pueblo in 1968 and uses it as a tourist attraction. The U.S. still lists it as actively commissioned.

When the USS Johnston was sinking, it was saluted by a Japanese destroyer captain. This US destroyer spent nearly 3 hours squaring off against 23 Japanese ships, including 4 Battleships, 8 Cruisers, and 11 destroyers.

In 1872, a ship named Mary Celeste was discovered adrift and deserted in the Atlantic Ocean. The last log entry was 10 days before her discovery and when another ship happened upon her, all of the provisions and belongings of the crew were perfectly intact, but the whole crew was missing.

During World War 2, a US Naval destroyer named USS O'Bannon won a battle against a Japanese submarine by throwing potatoes at them.

Anyone can travel in the huge container ships around the world as passengers for about $120 a day. Trips may last just a few days, although some travelers sign on for 60 days or even around-the-world journeys. Meals are provided, rooms are cleaned once a week and passengers do their own laundry.

Aboard the World War 2 British battleship HMS Vanguard, an Engineer traveled 7 miles and climbed 3,000 feet of stairs daily during his turn of inspection and the ship’s bakery produced 1,000 lbs of bread daily.

The USS Cyclops, which went missing in 1918 during World War 1 remains the single largest loss of life in U.S. Naval history not directly involving combat, and the fate of the ship is unknown still to this day.

When HMS Birkenhead wrecked in 1852, there were not enough lifeboats for all the passengers aboard , and the soldiers (who were being transported) famously stood firm on deck (even as the ship broke up) allowing the women and children to board the boats safely and escape the sinking.

The HMS Black Joke was previously a Brazilian slave ship called the Henriquetta that was captured by the Royal Navy and repurposed to chase down slave ships, ultimately freeing hundreds of slaves during her five-year career.


The only active ship in the US Navy that has sunk an enemy ship is the USS Constitution which was built in 1797.

The replica of the 18th century rigger HMS Bounty which was built for the film “Mutiny on the Bounty,” stayed afloat for over 4 decades before it sank when it was inexplicably sailed into the eye of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

In 1962, when USS Independence encountered the Italian ship Amerigo Vespucci, the former asked “who are you?”, after it received an answer, the American ship declared “You’re the most beautiful ship in the world.”

'The World' is the largest privately owned residential cruise ship where its residents can permanently live as it travels around the globe.

The Titanic's coal stores had been burning for weeks before she set sail, damaging the starboard side of the ship where the iceberg hit. There was not only a cover-up but evidence that the fire damaged the hull enough to be a large contributing factor to why the iceberg caused such damage.

In 1991, when a cruise ship named Oceanos sank, the crew abandoned the ship leaving the passengers fend for themselves. They were all saved by guitarist Moss Hills, who radioed for help and directed the rescue operation.

Some warships used to be painted in dazzle patterns consisting of complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colors, interrupting and intersecting each other. This kind of camouflage was used extensively in World War 1 to disrupt the enemy’s depth perception.

There is a cruise ship named MS Gabriella that runs between Stockholm and Helsinki with the primary purpose of purchasing and consuming cheap alcohol.

During the Spanish American war, the USS Charleston fired 13 rounds at the Spanish fort on Guam which all missed. The Spanish, unaware that war had been declared, believed that the Americans must be firing a salute and rowed out to apologize for their lack of gunpowder to return the salute.

In 1978, a US Navy ship named USS Stein was attacked by an unknown species of giant squid. Nearly all of the cuts found on the sonar dome contained remnants of sharp, curved claws found on suction cups of squid tentacles. The claws were much larger than those of any squid that had been discovered at that time.

The Australians had a warship named HMAS Doomba in World War 2 that served as a minesweeper.

Ships sent to retrieve dead bodies of the victims of the Titanic disaster found so many bodies that they ran out of embalming supplies. They decided to only retrieve bodies of 1st class passengers due to “the need to visually identify wealthy men to resolve any disputes over large estates.”

North Korea claims to have sunk the heavy cruiser USS Baltimore and even preserved the ship that "sunk it" in a museum. The USS Baltimore was never deployed to Korea and was scrapped in 1972.

The US Navy maintains a research vessel named FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform) that is designed to be capsized vertically. As a result, most rooms on it have two doors: one to use when the ship is horizontal, another when vertical.

In 2007, when the North Korean merchant vessel MV Dai Hong Dan was attacked by Somali pirates, American destroyer USS James E. Williams came to their aid. This event led to rare pro-US statements from the North Korean media.

As the Titanic sank, someone, unlocked the kennels holding all the passengers' pet dogs, "leading to the surreal sight of a pack of excited dogs racing up and down the slanting deck as the ship went down."

When ships pass through Point Nemo in the southern Pacific Ocean, the closest human beings to them are probably in the International Space Station 400km above them.

HMS Erebus, part of Franklin expedition which was lost for nearly 170 years was found in 2014 near an island which in the Inuit language meant “The big boat sank here.”

In 1831, an American pepper trading ship was attacked off the Island of Sumatra. Locals killed 3 people and plundered the ship. In retaliation, U.S. President Andrew Jackson sent USS Potomac warship all the way back to Sumatra to destroy the village the attackers were from.

After the HMS Sheffield was hit by an Argentine Exocet missile during the Falklands War, her crew sang "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life", from Monty Python's Life of Brian as they awaited rescue and watched their ship burn uncontrollably.

The “Law of General Average” allows shippers to jettison random containers off a container ship in an emergency and legally, everyone shipping goods on the same ship must share in the cost of the loss equally.


In 1972, some of Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger's crew carried out two-dozen acts of sabotage to prevent the ship from returning to Vietnam.

There exists a battle ship named USS New York, which was built with 24 tons of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center to commemorate the victims of 9/11.

HMS Warspite has the most battle honors ever awarded to an individual ship in the Royal Navy and the most awarded for actions during the World War 2.

In 2000, USS The Sullivans destroyer was the target of a failed terror plot in the Port of Aden. The bombers' suicide boat was so overloaded with explosives that it sank. The culprits were able to salvage the explosives, and 9 months later, used them to attack the USS Cole in the same port.

HMS Jervis, a destroyer which served in the Royal Navy during World War 2, did not lose a single crew member to enemy action despite having participated in 13 major actions and serving throughout the war.

In 2010, the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson was deployed to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and provided the island with 200,000 gallons a day of fresh drinking water from its desalination plants.

In 1998, the US Navy warship USS Yorktown became paralyzed in the water after Navy opted to run the ship on Windows NT 4.0 instead of a more fitting OS. A sailor unknowingly divided by zero, causing an overflow error and killing the entire ship.

In 1942, HMS Porcupine was split in half by a German torpedo. The two sides were later salvaged and renamed the HMS Pork and the HMS Pine.

In 2009, when a Canadian man named John Wilson opened the shipping container he had bought for $400 and used it as a bridge for 10 years, inside it he found a $2,000,000 Canadian warship engine.

In 1941, a Dutch Navy ship named HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen escaped from the Japanese by being disguised as an island and only sailing at night. It went from Indonesia to Australia without being detected.

When the USS West Virginia was finally raised after being sunk during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, deceased men were found in an airtight storeroom. On the calendar, 16 days were crossed off in red pencil.

USS Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyers are 50 times more stealthy than any destroyer currently in service. Advanced stealth technology allows the 610-foot long warship to appear as a small fishing boat on the radar.

When British warships enter the Thames they are required to present a barrel of rum to the Constable of the Tower (the man in command of the Tower of London) in the 'Ceremony of the Constables Dues'.

The largest British ship lost at sea was the MV Derbyshire which weighed 92,000 tons. It went down in a typhoon off Japan without ever issuing a mayday call. Investigators found the wreck and concluded that the entire ship could have sunk in as little as two minutes.

In the days after the 9/11 attacks, the German warship Lutjens (D185) passed by the US destroyer Winston S. Churchill with the United States flag flying at half-mast and the sailors Manning-the-Rails, an honor typically reserved for heads of state.

he Imperial German Raider SMS Wolf made the longest voyage of a warship during World War 1. When it returned to Germany it had on board 467 prisoners of war and tons of vital war plunder.


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