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”

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!”

104 year old Russian Salvage Ship found to be doing just fine!

The Komunna has been salvaging Russian subs since the time of the last Czar, Nicholas II. She was loosely modeled on the Imperial German ship, SMS Vulkan. Shipsearcher staff located the catamaran-style vessel, with four enormous connecting trusses, in a bay near Sevastopol, in the Crimea. This specialized ship is the oldest operational warship in … Continue reading “104 year old Russian Salvage Ship found to be doing just fine!”

French Navy Submarines

French Navy Submarines Back to French Navy Frigates Ballistic Missile Nuclear-Powered Submarines (SSBN) Redoutable Class LOA 420′ TDISP 8,000 tons submerged (6 built, all retired, 1 preserved) Redoutable (1971 – 1991) Museum boat since 2002, Cherbourg-Octeville in purpose built drydock Attack Submarines Daphné class LOA 190′ TDISP 1,050 tons submerged (11, 2 lost, rest retired, … Continue reading “French Navy Submarines”

Royal Navy Historic Ships

Royal Navy Historic Ships Back to Royal Navy Auxiliaries and Other Ships (including RFA vessels) (measurements of length are overall length from the taffrail or transom to tip of the bowsprit or jib-boom) HMS Warrior (1861) LOA 420′ TDISP 9,200 tons HMS Victory, 100 cannon First-Rate 100 cannon ship of the line (1765 – still … Continue reading “Royal Navy Historic Ships”

Royal Navy Frigates

Royal Navy Frigates Back to Royal Navy Destroyers Type 23 Class LOA 436′ TDISP 4,900 tons (16 active, 3 transferred to Chilean Navy) 2 variants: general frigate and ASW HMS Lancaster F-229 (1992) (General Purpose) (shown above larger HMS Dauntless Type 45 destroyerHMS Kent F-78 (2000) (ASW oriented) Type 22 Class LOA 430′ to 486′ … Continue reading “Royal Navy Frigates”

Russian Frigates

Russian Frigates Back to Russian Destroyers Admiral Gorshkov Class LOA 442′ TDISP ca. 5,000 tons (4 building, 1 active) Admiral Gorshkov (2018) Admiral Grigorovich Class LOA 409′ TDISP 4,000 tons (3 active, 3 building) Neustrashimyy Class LOA 423′ TDISP 4,400 tons (2 active) Tuman, uncompleted hulk had been at 30% completion since about 1996, to … Continue reading “Russian Frigates”

Russian Cruisers

Cruisers Back to Russian Battlecruisers  Slava-Class Guided Missile Cruiser LOA 612′ TDISP 12,000 tons (3 active, 1 incomplete) Moskva (formerly Slava) (1982)Marshal Ustinov (formerly Admiral Flota Lobov) (1986) Varyag (formerly Chervona Ukrayina) (1989) Ukrayina (formerly Komsomolets) (not completed) Mykolaiv, Ukraine, awaiting scrapping or sale Kara Class Missile Cruiser LOA 569′, TDISP 8,900 tons (7 retired, … Continue reading “Russian Cruisers”

USN Retired Landing Ships

Landing Ship Tank (LST) Back to USN Retired Mine Warfare Vessels Newport Class LOA 522′ TDISP 8,500 tons (20, 12 to other navies – most now retired, remaining USN units retired) USS Cayuga LST-1186 (1970-1994) transferred to Brazil as Mattoso Maia G-28 (still in service as of 2019) USS Boulder LST-1190 (1971-1994) laid up at … Continue reading “USN Retired Landing Ships”

USN Retired Mine Warfare Vessels

Minesweepers Back to USN Retired Patrol Vessels Agile / Agressive Class LOA 172′ TDISP 775 tons (53, 2 preserved) USS Lucid AM-458 (1955-1976) Museum Ship Stockton CA under restoration Onverschrokken AM-483 (1955 – 1987) built for Netherlands, converted to torpedo retrieval ship Mercuur A-856 preserved as Museum Ship in Scheveningen Auk Class (95 built) LOA 221′ TDISP … Continue reading “USN Retired Mine Warfare Vessels”