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Ships and Sailors

Ocean liners, submarines, destroyers, aircraft carriers, battle ships - and yachts. Photos of all kinds of ships used in war, commerce, and pleasure and the men and women who sail on them.

The ocean - and even large bodies of water - conjures images of mystery, romance, and sometimes danger in the human imagination. Soothing to some and scary to others, sailing the seas has always been an act of adventure. Whether during wartime or peacetime, escapades on ships have been amazing.

For instance:

  • After Jeanne de Clisson's husband was beheaded as a traitor in 1343, she sold her property, bought 3 ships, and became a pirate as a way to seek retribution. Her flagship was named My Revenge. For 13 years, she sought out French ships (the French government had killed her husband) and killed the crews.


  • During the War of 1812 between the newly formed United States and the British, a shipwrecked British crew was rescued by a US sealer ship near the Falkland Islands. The captain of the American ship told the Brits that their two countries were at war but rescued them on humanitarian grounds. While the American crew was on a nearby island seeking more provisions, the British crew absconded with their ship, stranding the Americans on the island. They were rescued in 1814 by another British crew.


  • In 1784, a Japanese treasure hunter, along with 43 others, was shipwrecked on an island in the Pacific. With no fresh water and only crab and coconuts to eat, the sailors began to die. Before his own death the treasure hunter wrote about their plight on pieces of coconut bark, put the letter in a bottle, and threw it into the sea. In 1935, about 151 years later, the bottle washed ashore at the village in Japan where the treasure hunter was born.


  • During World War II, a minesweeper from the Netherlands didn't have the weapons to adequately defend itself so the crew gathered jungle vegetation and disguised the ship as a small island, painting the hull to resemble rocks. She was the only ship of her class in the region that survived.


These vintage photos of ships of all kinds, and the people who lived on and worked with them, show some of the challenges and thrills of this type of transportation.

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Taken at pearl harbour, Honolulu, HI USA .
THIS IS THE SHIP THE U.S.S. ARIZONA, THE SHIP THAT ORVILLE ISHAM WAS KILLED... more
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A photo taken by the Nagel or Ekleberry of a boat dock, probably while they... more
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Taken at Southampton Harbor, Southampton, England United Kingdom on .
A photo of the RMS Titanic's Maiden Voyage taken shortly after the Titanic's... more
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A postcard of the Claymore French Destroyer taken by professional... more
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Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, the Peninsular Campaign,... more
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Photograph from the main eastern theater of the war, winter quarters at... more
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Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg,... more
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Photographs of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the... more
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A photo of the General Rucker - a concrete boat.
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A photo of the M/S Venezia owned by Svenska Lloyd AB ( Swedish Lloyd) in... more
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Taken at Pacific Ocean, in .
A photo of the LST 1152. My father served on this ship in WWII
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Taken at Atlantic Ocean, in .
Found in SUITCASE IN THE ATTIC, do not know who was taking the photo's
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This is the last photo of the RMS Titanic afloat, taken in April 1912. Three... more
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A photo of the ship that Heinrich "Henry" Brüno Wittig travelled to Canada... more
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Taken at New Guinea, Papua in .
An Aussie Transport Boat Taking Us Out To Meet Our Liberty Boat ,Jan 1943... more
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This is a postcard celebrating the Monitor's great victory. The postmark... more
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A photo of the ship that Carroll Ellis wrote on in WWII: USS #167 FREESTONE... more
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A photo of Aubrey and Edna (Parsley) Langley in the early 1940's (during... more
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A photo of Jewel Pollick's ship, World War 2
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A photo of Jewel Pollick's ship, USS O'Bannon, in World War 2
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A photo of John Orr Boag's ship
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A photo of a drawing of a ship, John Orr Boag
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Taken at Sandefjord, Sandefjord, Vestfold Norge on .
The first viking ship replica; Viking. From what I found on the internet,... more
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This is a photo of some of the passengers who arrived in Wellington New... more
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