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  1. derp
    derp at |

    Maine my ass. It was an inside job

  2. Graham
    Graham at |

    Interesting list, however I found the following comments also enlightening!!

    The Titanic would probably be the most famous ship, known worldwide & if you asked someone in the street to name a famous ship most would say the Titanic.
    HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin’s ship, The Mayflower, SS Great Britain, Queen Mary, HMS Endeavour, The Golden Hind, HMS Victory & The Cutty Sark. Just a few famous ships that are worthy of mention

  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous at |

    Ships. Hunley is NOt a ship AND not very famous.what about vasa:biggest of her time and fell over in the breeze?HMS ark royal? How the hell is HMS dreadnought les famous then a ship from an american war that the average american has never heard of and nobody else CARES?

  4. Anonymous
    Anonymous at |

    what about the ark

  5. Robert Potter
    Robert Potter at |

    If Warships are built for war then the sheer number of battles participated in has to count heavily. Survivability should not count quite as much as damage inflicted but does display strength and perhaps maneuverablilty. I discount behemoths like the Yamato and Bizmarck, the use of so much resources for so little gain. The HMS Victory owns the title as the Greatest Ship with the USS Enterprise CV6 second. Although the Enterprise participated in more actions you gotta hand it to a ship Commanded by Lord Admiral Nelson that survived and is still with us today. To those who complain about the number of American ships represented in this list I would say, go fight…get your nation involved in more battles and earn your stars. During wartime you cannot have your ships running rum and expect them to do well here.

  6. marcosrtc
    marcosrtc at |

    The Yamato was larger than the Bismarck, with an overall length of 263 metres. Although it hardly saw any action it was the largest battleship ever.
    Also missing is the USS Enterprise, which was the longest serving aircraft carrier in history. Another worthy list of ships is at:

  7. Eric
    Eric at |

    Is the Maine really “that” famous? Most youth, even American these days, know little-to-nothing about the Spanish American war. In academic circles, it is famous mainly for the conspiracy – i.e., that the Spanish crown did not really sink it, that those in power in the U.S. knew this, and yet opted to use it as a pretext for war (and therein an opportunity to grab the Philippines and access to an exploding trade market in China) anyway. A democratic government must always play the ‘good’ guy, especially when it is – in fact – the aggressor.

  8. Johno
    Johno at |

    Then maybe the title of the piece is inaccurate?

  9. Shaking my head
    Shaking my head at |

    I’m honestly disgusted at the twitch anti-Americanism in these comments. “OH NOSE SOMEONE NAMED AMERICAN SHIPS IN THEIR TOP TEN THE WORLD IS BIGGER THAN MERICA YOU KNOW!!1 EVIL IMPERIALIST YANKS!!111”

    It’s a guy’s PERSONAL TOP TEN, for cripes’ sake. He doesn’t have to forgo mentioning his country’s famous warships just to placate to your ignorant biases about Americans. If you want to draw more attention to your own country’s naval history, WRITE YOUR OWN TOP TEN.

  10. Justino
    Justino at |

    The Titanic picture is from the 1958 movie “A Night To Remember.”

    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      Actual photo now in place, better? At least we didn’t use this image:

  11. Wolf von Witting
    Wolf von Witting at |

    Myth and fact gets blurred as we consider the most famous. There was a mutiny on the Potemkin in 1905, but it was the cruiser Aurora (in St.Petersburg harbor) firing the signal shots of the October revolution 1917. Nevertheless the film about Potemkin elevates the ship out of the crowd of anonymous war vessels.
    Most famous, beyond dispute: the Titanic, 2nd the Bismarck (plenty of books and films on the subject)
    3rd – 11th in alphabetical order: Bounty, Enterprise, Mayflower, Mary Celeste, Potemkin, QE2, Queen Mary, Santa Maria, Victory. (ships famous on both sides of the Atlantic, in books, films and many of them being taught about at school all over the world). Kon-Tiki is famous enough, but a raft and the Arc of Noah (or Utnapishtim as his name was in the epic Sumerian tale of Gilgamesh) has transcended completely into myth.

  12. Ned
    Ned at |

    You do realise that America wasn’t the only country to fight in WW2 don’t you?

    1. Kirsten
      Kirsten at |

      Sorry, but it’s spelled realize, not realise

      1. Zach
        Zach at |

        Realize is the Americanised-English spelling… the REAL English way of spelling it is ‘realise’. Most Britons agree you’ve dumbed down, over simplified and ruined our language enough to start telling us how to speak/spell it.

  13. Peter Layzell
    Peter Layzell at |

    The list is very US centred with several important omissions from the UK/European viewpoint.
    One of the most important of those is HMS Beagle which took Charles Darwin around the world to the Galapagos Islands which was the dynamic in the development of his theory of evolution in 1859 and still forms the centre of scientific belief today as the most important work that helps us understand ourselves.
    Without the sturdy little Beagle we may not have benefited from this knowledge.


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