Famous Ships – Part 1


At one stage, the world was transformed by ships, it was the only way to transport people and goods across continents, and without them the world would have certainly developed at a slower pace. There have been many notorious ships in history, famous for all sorts of reasons – from developing new lands to fighting great sea battles. In this blog we look at some of the most famous ships that ever sailed on the oceans.

Nuestra Señora de Atocha

Who can forget the old movies of tales of pirates and the Spanish Main, when treasure ships sailed over the oceans. The Nuestra Senora de Atocha was one such ship, it was a Spanish treasure ship that sunk in 1622 off the Florida coast.

The Nuestra Senora de Atocha was fully laden with treasure from the New World and was making her way back home to Spain when she went down in the Florida Keys. A big recovery operation took place by the Spanish that took years to recover only half of her precious cargo.

It was not until 1985 that eventually an American treasure hunter came across the wreck, another battle took place to recover the remaining treasure, but this time in the courts between the finders and the State of Florida. The State of Florida lost and the treasure hunters were allowed to claim what they could salvage. Just one of the items brought up from the wreck of the ship was a ring worth half a million dollars!

HMS Beagle

The HMS Beagle is one of the most famous scientific ships that has ever sailed. Even the great Charles Darwin was once a passenger back in 1831. That voyage was one of the Beagle’s first and greatest expeditions in the name of science to discover new lands and species. The book written whilst on the voyage by Darwin was entitled Journal and Remarks, or as it was better known as The Voyage of the Beagle.

The epic voyage took five weary, yet educational years to complete, and the amount of scientific information collated on the trip made both the Beagle and Charles Darwin famous. This information that Darwin gathered was to form the platform for his theory of evolution and was to spark debate among his followers and the fundamentalist Christians.


The Bismark is the first warship on our list, and at the time was one of the most advanced and formidable battleships that sailed on the seven seas. The Bismark was slightly shorter than some of the battleships around at the time but was a floating fortress.

The ship was wider than any foe and had thicker steel armor than any other ship afloat, this meant that it weighed around five thousand more tons than the heaviest ship around. The Bismark was the pride of the German Navy during WWII and it was so feared that it was the most targeted ship in history. The valiant ship took 400 high explosive shells and twelve airplane torpedoes to finally succumb to the British Navy and Royal Air Force. This mighty Pocket Battleship was one of the greatest warriors ever to set sail and we look at even more valiant ships in our next blog.