The U.S.S. Constitution is a Navy Ship, and the oldest commissioned ship in the United States Navy. Construction began on November 1, 1794, and the ship was launched on October 21, 1797.
It is best known for its role in the War of 1812, where enemy canon fire could not penetrate its strong oak hull, earning it the nickname “Old Ironsides”. Today, the U.S.S. Constitution serves as a historic site in Charleston, Massachusetts.
The U.S.S. Missouri (BB-63) is an Iowa-class battleship owned by the Navy. Construction began on the 887.2-foot-long ship on January 6, 1941, and it was launched January 29, 1944.
The U.S.S. Missouri is of particular relevance as it was used in battle for World War II, the Korean War, as well as the Gulf War.
Construction began on the Navy’s U.S.S. Maine (ACR-1) on October 17, 1888. Total construction costs for the ship were more than $2 million. The 6,000+ ton ship was launched on November 18, 1889.
The U.S.S. Maine sank in the harbour of Havana, Cuba on February 15, 1898.
The Bismarck, a German battleship, was 251 metres in length. Construction began on the ship on July 1, 1936, and it was launched February 14, 1939.
The Bismarck was sunk by Royal Navy ships on May 27, 1941.
The R.M.S. Titanic was a luxury British passenger steamship. Construction began on the 269-metre-long vessel on March 31, 1902.
After striking an iceberg, the R.M.S. Titanic sank off the coast of Newfoundland on April 15, 1912, during her maiden voyage.
The U.S.S. Arizona was a 608-foot-long Navy battleship. Construction began on the ship on March 16, 1914, and it was launched June 19, 1915.
The U.S.S. Arizona sank during the Attack on Pearl Harbour, on December 7, 1941.
The H.M.S. Victory is a commissioned Royal Navy warship. Construction began on July 23, 1759. It was Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar (1805).
Today, the ship serves as a historic monument at the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth, UK.