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Most Famous Ship

A week-or-so ago, I was waiting around the Cutty Sark, when I noticed a sign. It claimed that the Cutty Sark is the world's most famous ship.

Surely, that's not true. In America, the Niña, the Pinta, the Santa Maria, the Mayflower, and the Titanic are all far more famous than the Cutty Sark. I don't know why the Cutty Sark would be quite so famous anywhere outside the UK (and perhaps, given her history, Australia).

But it does raise the question: What is the world's most famous ship?

(Not fleet. Not sailor. Not navigator. Ship. And what is the most famous ship in Russia? India? China? etc.)

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sollersuk
May. 18th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
The most famous ship still around
owlfish
May. 18th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
Technically, the Titanic is still around, only not quite as close to the water's surface as is the Cutty Sark.
sammywol
May. 19th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
Since the fire there's not much still around about the poor old Cutty Sark. More than the Mary Rose though.

It does have the Tall Ships Race named after it so in sail training circles it is probably the most famous. Smallish circles though.
chickenfeet2003
May. 18th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
Probably the Titanic if only because of the movie. Surely the most famous ship in England is HMS Victory?

Other cndidates might include Argo, Bismark, USS Constitution as well as the ones you named.
rhube
May. 18th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of the Cutty Sark. My vote would have gone for the Santa Maris or the Titanic. Maybe the Maryrose. Probably the Titanic.
rhube
May. 18th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Maria, not Maris... doh!
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retsuko
May. 19th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
That's what I was thinking.

FWIW, the most famous ship here in San Diego is the Star of India. But I know that's not a worldwide thing by any means.
hobbitblue
May. 18th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
I think Russia is the cruiser Aurora, which is famous for..oh gods, I forget...*googles* Ah yes:
"On 25 October 1917, the refusal of an order for the Aurora to take to sea sparked the October Revolution. At 9.45 p.m. on that date, a blank shot from her forecastle gun signalled the start of the assault on the Winter Palace, which was to be the last episode of the October Revolution. Aurora's crew actually took part in the attack."

Historians are a bit sceptical about some of that but when I was out in Russia with a university trip in the early 90s we were proudly given the grand tour of the thing and told all the history, which I imagine means your average Russian is well aware of it.

And er, no, I'd not really heard of the Cutty Sark much before seeing it, and wasn't quite sure *what* it was when I did. Most famous one I can think of is the Marie Celeste, but I'm not sure that counts :)
forthright
May. 18th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
Definitely the Titanic, for me.
paladyn
May. 18th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
The U.S.S. Enterprise
intertext
May. 19th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
hee (to the Enterprise)

But I would have said Titanic, too.
ellid
May. 19th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
Here in American it's almost certainly Old Ironsides.
littleowl
May. 19th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
I have never heard of most of these other boats y'all are mentioning.

The Lusitania sticks out for me and the Titanic.

The Titanic came into my consciousness early via children's lit about the sinking namely the Blossom Culp books.

The Lusitania because my father is a history nut and always talked about the sinking of the Lusitania kicking off WWI in the US.
sioneva
May. 19th, 2008 06:31 am (UTC)
I agree with both of these - the Lusitania and the Titanic stick in my memory much better than the others mentioned above (and most of them ARE familiar to me but I can't say they came to mind when I thought of famous ships!).

Perhaps the marketing department is basing it on the fact that the London Marathon is so well known and part of the route goes around the Cutty Sark every year ;)
steer
May. 19th, 2008 06:04 am (UTC)
Hmmm... Noah's ark? Is that cheating? You get three major world religions there.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_famous_ships
tsutanai
May. 19th, 2008 10:24 am (UTC)
I'm surprised no one mentioned the Arizona. (Although, not sailing.)

Also, the Vasa. Because that's just hilarity.
stormwindz
May. 19th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, first one that sprang to mind was Wasa but I think that's unlikely to be worldwide either.
sammywol
May. 19th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
According to Jim Cameron Titanic.
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