Biggest Ships of all time

The Top 20 biggest Ships of all time

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Everyone of you knows the Titanic, the biggest ship of its time. But where does the Titanic rank among other ocean giants?
Find out in our list of the biggest ships of all time!

HMS Hood ship

20. HMS Hood – Length: 262 metres (859 ft)

The HMS Hood was the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy. Commissioned in 1920, she was named after the 18th-century Admiral Samuel Hood. One of four Admiral-class battlecruisers ordered in mid-1916, Hood had design limitations, though her design was revised after the Battle of Jutland and improved while she was under construction. For this reason, she was the only ship of her class to be completed. 

Yamato ship

19. Yamato (Yamato-Class) – Length: 263 metres (863 ft)

The Yamato was the lead ship of her class of battleships built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) shortly before World War II. She and her sister ship, Musashi, were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed, displacing 72,800 tonnes at full load and armed with nine 46 cm (18.1 in) Type 94 main guns, which were the largest guns ever mounted on a warship.


Tonsberg ship
Marc Ryckaert (MJJR), MV Tønsberg R01, CC BY 3.0

18. Tonsberg (Mark-V-Class) – Length: 265 metres (869 ft)

The MV Tønsberg is a roll-on/roll-off ship owned by Wilh. Wilhelmsen. As of 2012 it is the largest RORO ship in the world.

Titanic ship

17. Titanic (Olympic-Class) – Length: 269 metres (882 ft)

The RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912 after the ship struck an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. Of the estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, more than 1,500 died, making it one of modern history’s deadliest peacetime commercial marine disasters.

Boka Vanguard ship
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16. Boka Vanguard – Length: 275 metres (902 ft)

The BOKA Vanguard (formerly Dockwise Vanguard) is a semi-submersible heavy lift ship. Dockwise Vanguard is the largest vessel of her type ever built, and is able to carry cargoes up to 110,000 tonnes. Dockwise Vanguard was designed to move offshore oil and gas facilities, but can also carry other ships and act as an offshore dry dock facility

Vaterland Leviathan ship
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15. Vaterland/Leviathan (Imperator-Class) – Length: 290 metres (951 ft)

SS Leviathan, originally built as Vaterland (meaning “Fatherland” in German), was an ocean liner which regularly crossed the North Atlantic from 1914 to 1934. The second of three sister ships built for Germany’s Hamburg America Line for their transatlantic passenger service, she sailed as Vaterland for less than a year before her early career was halted by the start of World War I. In 1917, she was seized by the U.S. government and renamed Leviathan.

Normandie ship
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14. Normandie – Length: 314 metres (1,030 ft)

The SS Normandie was a French ocean liner built in Saint-Nazaire, France, for the French Line Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (CGT). She entered service in 1935 as the largest and fastest passenger ship afloat; she remains the most powerful steam turbo-electric-propelled passenger ship ever built.

USS Nimitz ship

13. USS Nimitz (Nimitz-Classe) – Length: 333 metres (1,092 ft)

The USS Nimitz (CVN-68) is a supercarrier of the United States Navy, and the lead ship of her class. One of the largest warships in the world, she was laid down, launched, and commissioned as CVAN-68; “aircraft carrier, attack, nuclear powered”, but she was later redesignated as CVN-68; “aircraft carrier, multi-mission”, nuclear-powered”, on 30 June 1975, as part of a fleet-wide realignment that year.

USS Enterprise ship

12. USS Enterprise – Length: 342 metres (1,122 ft)

USS Enterprise (CVN-65), formerly CVA(N)-65, is a decommissioned United States Navy aircraft carrier. She was the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eighth United States naval vessel to bear the name. Like her predecessor of World War II fame, she is nicknamed “Big E”.  Enterprise had a crew of some 4,600 service members.

Queen Mary 2 ship golden gate bridge

11. Queen Mary 2 – Length: 345 metres (1,131 ft)

RMS Queen Mary 2 (also referred to as the QM2) is a transatlantic ocean liner. She is the largest ocean liner ever built, having served as the flagship of the Cunard Line since succeeding the Queen Elizabeth 2 in 2004. As of 2019, Queen Mary 2 is the only passenger ship operating as an ocean liner. Some of Queen Mary 2’s facilities include fifteen restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theatre, and the first planetarium at sea.