I like ships—a lot. They fascinate me. Their history, the ingenuity of the shipmakers and the sailors; I love learning about their battles and their adventures. The sea is unpredictable and no two voyages are alike.

Most of my vacations are planned around visiting a warship or a naval museum. Because, is there anything more beautiful than a ship under full sail surrounded by blue ocean? There is not.

Here are some of my favorite ships I’ve visited, and I hope to add many more to my list.

  • HMS Victory


    The HMS Victory was launched 7th May 1765 from Chatham’s Royal Dockyard. She led fleets in the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic War. In 1805 she achieved lasting fame as the flagship of Vice-Admiral Nelson in Britain’s greatest naval victory, the defeat of the French and Spanish at the Battle of Trafalgar. Probably the most famous warship in the world. This is Admiral Horatio Nelson’s 100-gun flagship. A Man-o’-War. My husband took me to Portsmouth to visit this ship for my birthday, and she was breathtaking. I based the HMS Venture on this […]

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  • USS Constitution


      The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world sits in Boston Harbor. I adore this ship. She was called “Old Ironsides” because she somehow managed to avoid getting sunk during various battles. If you go, the ship is wonderful, but check out the museum, too. And maybe you’ll get lucky and get to chat with the officers like I did!

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  • Cutty Sark


    The Cutty Sark is located in Greenwich. She’s a Clipper–a speedy ship, used to import tea. It had to get there fast before the tea went bad. This little ship visited every major port in the world, and at the time, she was known as one of the very fastest.

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  • RMS Queen Mary


      RMS Queen Mary is a retired ocean liner that sailed primarily on the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967. With the outbreak of World War II, she was converted from a passenger ship into a troopship and ferried Allied soldiers for the duration of the war. Hitler put a bounty out on her, but his ships, planes, and subs were never able to locate her. She’s located in Long Beach, and is used as a hotel. Plus, rumors say she’s haunted.

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  • HMS Warrior


    When she was launched on Aug 1, 1861, the HMS Warrior was the largest warship in the world. http://www.hmswarrior.org/history

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  • Friendship of Salem


        The Salem East Indiaman Friendship was launched in 1797. She made 15 voyages during her career to Batavia, India, China, South America, the Caribbean, England, Germany, the Mediterranean, and Russia. She ended her activities as an American merchant vessel when she was captured as a prize of war by the British HMS Rosamond in September 1812. http://www.nps.gov/sama/learn/historyculture/friendshiphistory.htm  

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  • Columbia Rediviva


    The Sailing Ship Columbia, located at the Disneyland park, is a full-scale replica of Columbia Rediviva, the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe. https://disneyland.disney.go.com/attractions/disneyland/sailing-ship-columbia/

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