No comments | Sunday, February 03, 2013
Some ships, such as the Titanic, are famous because they sank, but here are some that are celebrated for a variety of other reasons:

Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria
The three ships on Christopher Columbus voyage of 1492 to Americas.

The ship that took the settlers known as the Pilgrim Fathers from Plymouth to America in 1620.

Captain James Cook's ship on his exploration of Australia and New Zealand in 1768-71

The crew of this British ship mutinied against Captain William Bligh in 1789.

Captain Horatio Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805. It is now on display in Portsmouth.

The research ship on which British scientist Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands in 1835.

Cutty Sark
A tea clipper (a sailing ship designed to bring tea from China as fast as possible) launched in 1869. The ship is preserved in dry dock at Greenwich, London.

Great Eastern
This ship was desgined by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and launched in 1858. It laid the first transatlantic cable in 1866, but was scrapped in 1888.

Marie Celeste
A US ship found abandoned in the Atlantic in 1872. The fate of its crew remains a mystery.

A balsawood raft on which Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl sailed from South America across the Pacific to Polynesia in 1947. He mad the voyage to prove his theory that Polynesian people came from South America.


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