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.
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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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THIS IS THE SHIP THE U.S.S. ARIZONA, THE SHIP THAT ORVILLE ISHAM WAS KILLED ON IN W.W.2.
A photo taken by the Nagel or Ekleberry of a boat dock, probably while they were on vacation. Date and place unknown although it could be New York or New Jersey. The boat at the front says "W.F. Dalzell"
Added Apr 21, 2012 by: Diane Nagel
Diane Nagel
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A photo of the RMS Titanic's Maiden Voyage taken shortly after the Titanic's departure from Southampton Harbor in England. This memorable event took place on April 10th, 1912. It was the maiden voyage of the Titanic - and the last voyage of the Titanic. The Titanic had 3 engines (2 reciprocating and one turbine) which gave it both speed and a smooth ride. The ship, prior to its departure, was described as "designed to be unsinkable."
A postcard of the Claymore French Destroyer taken by professional photographer Marius Bar. At the bottom of the postcard it reads Claymore Toppilleur 906-26
Added Feb 20, 2012 by: Daniel Pinna
Daniel Pinna
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Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, the Peninsular Campaign, May-August 1862. White House Landing, Va. View down river, with supply vessels
Photograph from the main eastern theater of the war, winter quarters at Brandy Station, December 1863-April 1864. Rappahannock Station, Va. Canvas pontoon boat, 50th New York Engineers
Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1̀864-April 1865. City Point, Va. Wharf, Federal artillery, and anchored schooners
Photographs of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy -- the Federal Navy, 1861-1865. James River, Va. Deck and turret of U.S.S. Monitor seen from the bow (i.e. stern)]
A photo of the General Rucker - a concrete boat.
Added Jan 11, 2012 by: Ancient Faces
Ancient Faces
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My Great Grandmother Jessie’s Father was Frank Davis. He worked in Connecticut and Nantucket Massachusetts. His twin brother was Captain Henry Davis.
Added Sep 4, 2019 by: Ashton Underkoffler
Ashton Underkoffler
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A photo of the M/S Venezia owned by Svenska Lloyd AB ( Swedish Lloyd) in Gothenburg A photo of Helge O (Olgard Emanuel) Persson's last Swedish Merchant Marine Ship. M/S Venezia brought him to New York during WW2 after 18 month at sea in position as Petty Officer . [external link]
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May 13, 1910 - Dec 19, 1994
Added Aug 1, 2018 by: C From
C From
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A photo of Rudolph Warren Noeldechen
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Jun 7, 1923 - Jun 10, 2015
Added Jun 21, 2018 by: Joan Noeldechen
Joan Noeldechen
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A photo of the LST 1152. My father served on this ship in WWII
Added May 7, 2018 by: Joan Noeldechen
Joan Noeldechen
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A photo of Fennit Kruschke
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1844 - 1867
Added Mar 26, 2018 by: Alan Curtis
Alan Curtis
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Found in SUITCASE IN THE ATTIC, do not know who was taking the photo's
Added Mar 3, 2018 by: Jon Henderson
Jon Henderson
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This is the last photo of the RMS Titanic afloat, taken in April 1912. Three days after the photo, the Titanic sank in the northern Atlantic after hitting an iceberg.
Added Nov 15, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of the ship that Heinrich "Henry" Brüno Wittig travelled to Canada on; file image, exact date unknown, but must have been during the time this ship was sailing under that name (from circa 1948 until 1955?)
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Jun 6, 1929 - Jun 26, 1980
Added Oct 5, 2017 by: Ruben Wittig
Ruben Wittig
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An Aussie Transport Boat Taking Us Out To Meet Our Liberty Boat ,Jan 1943 ....A James A Fazzi Sr Picture
Added Jul 7, 2017 by: Jim Fazzi
Jim Fazzi
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This is a postcard celebrating the Monitor's great victory. The postmark looks like May 28, 1905. No message on it.
A photo of the ship that Carroll Ellis wrote on in WWII: USS #167 FREESTONE SHIP Carroll H Ellis
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Nov 13, 1926 - Unknown
Added Nov 3, 2016 by: Teresa Ellis
Teresa Ellis
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A photo of Aubrey and Edna (Parsley) Langley in the early 1940's (during WWII). Edna was the daughter of Charles "Charlie" Parsley and Ruth (Bowling) Parsley in Laurel County, Kentucky. She was born in 1923 and died in 2009.
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Unknown - Unknown
A photo of Jewel Pollick's ship, World War 2
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Mar 3, 1927 - Feb 25, 1993
A photo of Jewel Pollick's ship, USS O'Bannon, in World War 2
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Mar 3, 1927 - Feb 25, 1993
A photo of John Orr Boag's ship
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1842 - 1910
Added May 28, 2015 by: James Gray
James Gray
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A photo of a drawing of a ship, John Orr Boag
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1842 - 1910
Added May 28, 2015 by: James Gray
James Gray
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A photo of the ship of Kenneth Harold John Overton
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around 1923 - Nov 10, 1944
Added May 22, 2015 by: Peter Wright
Peter Wright
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The first viking ship replica; Viking. From what I found on the internet, this is a copy of the original Gokstad ship (from apx 850). It left the harbour of Oslo in April 1893, and arrived in Chicago on the 12th of June, and was an attraction at the Chicago Columbian Exposition. It can now be found in Geneva, Illinois, USA. From the harbour of Christiania, today: Oslo, Norway. On the back it is dated 14th feb 1893, Xania (Christiania), but the photo is taken in Sandefjord, Norway on the 4th of February 1893.
A photo of David Andrew Muir's ship
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1892 - Apr 15, 1918
Added Mar 27, 2015 by: Jim Stafford
Jim Stafford
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This is a photo of some of the passengers who arrived in Wellington New Zealand 1910 on the ship Tainui. The Captain was Capt MOFFATT. The lady in the boater behind the reel on the left is Jessie GORDON. She traveled with her sister, Isabella GORDON- she is near the middle of the pic in the back second row, with the V shaped front and a braid around her neck, next to a man with a moustache
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Mar 23, 2015 by: Jo Bond
Jo Bond
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A photo of the USS Princeton
Added Jan 24, 2015 by: Gerald Gillmore
Gerald Gillmore
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A photo of Wilkin Nuttall on his submarine
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1920 - Aug 11, 1942
A photo of the ship of Algernon Henry Porteous Easlea
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1886 - Jan 19, 1918
Added Nov 9, 2014 by: Phoebe Newton
Phoebe Newton
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A photo of Marjorie Ruth (Elkins) Kruszewski
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Mar 25, 1928 - Dec 7, 2009
Added Oct 1, 2014 by: Nancy O
Nancy O
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Target Ship USS Longstreet off Wellfleet Cape Cod
Added Sep 19, 2014 by: Richard Holmes
Richard Holmes
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A photo of ships connected withJohn Mills Beasley
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around 1818 - around Jul 9, 1904
Added Jul 30, 2014 by: Graeme Beasley
Graeme Beasley
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A photo of Percy Beasley - hospital ship (Karoola) from which he disembarked, 1/29/1919
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Dec 23, 1896 - Aug 14, 1968
Added Jul 30, 2014 by: Graeme Beasley
Graeme Beasley
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Sailor Sneaking a Smoke.US Navy, USS Ellison? Mid-Late 1940s
From Albert Diersch's Navy photos. USS Ellison or USS Janssen. Navy Buddies, late 1940s?
A photo of Percival Richard Llewellyn Davies' ship
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around 1919 - Dec 28, 1942
Added Jul 14, 2014 by: Carli Davies
Carli Davies
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My last ship USS HAYLER DD 997
Added Apr 9, 2014 by: Joyce Smith
Joyce Smith
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My first ship USS EMORY S. LAND AS-39
Added Apr 9, 2014 by: Joyce Smith
Joyce Smith
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built by Grandpa Blaine
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Jan 24, 1919 - Jan 13, 2011
Added Mar 30, 2014 by: Shannon Chard
Shannon Chard
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Harri love fix his boat and then travel to the islands in the lake.
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Jun 1, 1960 - Oct 8, 2011
Added Nov 16, 2013 by: Birgit Savander
Birgit Savander
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A photo of a ship that Wilburn Cleo Hobbs served on - the USS Baham..
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Jun 2, 1925 - Mar 5, 2007
Added Sep 13, 2013 by: Jeff Hobbs
Jeff Hobbs
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A photo of Wilburn Cleo Hobbs' ship, the USS Platte.
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Jun 2, 1925 - Mar 5, 2007
Added Sep 13, 2013 by: Jeff Hobbs
Jeff Hobbs
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A photo of Prisicilla Klopotov
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May 23, 1912 - March 1981
Added Jul 22, 2013 by: Dannielle Chrisman
Dannielle Chrisman
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senelis czapkauskas juo atplaukė į newyork /JAV/ 1912 pirmas laivo reisas
Added Apr 29, 2013 by: Alvydas Gelažius
Alvydas Gelažius
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A photo of the S.S. Czar. juo atplaukė į new york senelis Czapkovski
Added Apr 28, 2013 by:
George Gendron in the navy on the East Coast.
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Feb 4, 2013 by: Barbaraa Hargrove
Barbaraa Hargrove
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