SS America / USS West Point shipwreck

The SS America, completed in 1939 for the United States Lines, was a beautiful ocean liner. Graceful sweeping curves and two flared funnels with small winged caps gave her an art-deco styling, like other great liners of the era. Until the construction of the SS United States, in the early 1950s, she was the biggest … Continue reading “SS America / USS West Point shipwreck”

An Illustrated History of the Three-Decker, Line of Battle Ship, and FOUR we found!

Where have all the three-decker line-of-battleships gone? A visual history of these massive floating fortresses, and views of all remaining first rate ships of the line!

Venezuela – Frigates

Frigates Almirante Mariscal Sucre / Lupo class (variant) LOA 371′ TDISP 2,560 tons (6 built, as many as 3 active, service since 1980) Italian Fincantieri built. Almirante Clemente class Destroyer Escorts LOA 325′ TDISP 1,500 tons (6 retired, service 1956-2011). Italian-built by Ansaldo. After several refits these were transferred to the Coast Guard in the … Continue reading “Venezuela – Frigates”

Philippine Navy – Frigates

Frigates Jose Rizal Class LOA 353′ TDISP 2,900 tons (1 active, 1 fitting out) heavily modified  Incheon-class frigate, built in South Korea. Del Pilar Class Patrol Frigates, LOA 378′ TDISP 3,250 tons formerly US Coast Guard Hamilton class cutters. (3 active) Cannon class Destroyer Escort LOA 306′ TDISP 1,600 tons (3 transferred to Philippine Navy, … Continue reading “Philippine Navy – Frigates”

The People’s Army of Vietnam Navy (PAVN)

The Vietnamese navy, officially the People’s Army of Vietnam Navy (PAVN), is the 45th navy documented by the Shipsearcher Identification Section (SIS). The variety of ships, as well as the extraordinary breadth of service of some of the units, makes the PAVN page a must-see, and adds 21 ship types and 35 Google Earth captures … Continue reading “The People’s Army of Vietnam Navy (PAVN)”

South African Navy – Auxiliaries and Other Ships

Auxiliaries and Other Ships Return to Mine Warfare Ships Replenishment / Resupply SAS DrakensbergA-301 (1987) LOA 482′ TDISP 12,500 tons. Largest warship to be built in South Africa SAS Outeniqua A-302 (1992-2004) LOA 546′ TDISP 21,025 tons. Built in the Ukraine. Commercial service before and after South African naval service. Ice-breaking capability. Scrapped 2013. Hydrographic Survey … Continue reading “South African Navy – Auxiliaries and Other Ships”

Iranian Navy – Frigates

Frigates Moudge Class LOA 312’ TDISP 1,500 tons (2 active, 1 lost) IRIS Sahand 74 (2018) reuses the pennant number of the Alvand class frigate destroyed by US forces during 1988. This new Sahand is reportedly an upgraded Moudge variant. IRIS Jamaran 76 (2010) IRIS Damavand 77 (2015-2018) this ship appears to have ran aground … Continue reading “Iranian Navy – Frigates”

The Strange Lives of a Fake Iranian Carrier

A brief history and satellite imagery exploration of what shipsearcher staff like to call the USS Potemkin Maru!

A Thousand Shipsearcher satellite views launched, and some highlights!

The Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe, in his celebrated play, Dr. Faustus, wrote of a mythic age, when a thousand warships were launched to grab back Helen, the most beautiful woman. Here at Shipsearcher, the Ship Identification Section (SIS) can’t tell you if any of that happened in distant antiquity – satellite imagery of the Trojan … Continue reading “A Thousand Shipsearcher satellite views launched, and some highlights!”