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Duyfken (Little Dove), a dutch vessel was launched in 1595. She was quite small – around 60 tons, lightly armed ship mainly for the transportation of valuable goods / provisions and transmission of messages.
In 1596, during their first expedition to Java, the crew combatted Portuguese ships where it put an end to the control of the Portuguese and Spanish in the spice commerce to Europe.
HMS Beagle was launched on 11 May 1820 on the River Thames. On the first voyage and survey, the Beagle channel was discovered and named after the ship. After carrying out numerous surveys in South America, she sailed back through New Zealand, Sydney, Hobart Town and finally reached Falmouth, Cornwall, England, on 2 October 1836
HMS Bounty was originally known as collier Bethia, built in 1784. William Bligh (pictured) was appointed Commanding Lieutenant of Bounty on 16 August 1787 at the age of 33. After ten months at sea, Bounty reached Tahiti on 26 October 1788 after spending five months there. Bounty set off with her breadfruit cargo on 4 April 1789.
Captain James Cook first ship was to be the HMS Endeavour, of 366 tons, built as the collier Earl of Pembroke. She was a small, sturdy “bark”, an unpretentious ship which had been employed in both the coastal and the Scandinavian. HMS Endeavour became the first ship to reach the East coast of Australia, when Cook went ashore at what is now known as Botany Bay. HMS Endeavour then sailed north along the Australian coast.
HMS Investigator was sent for an expedition to map the Australian coastline, as well as to study the plant and animal life on the new colony under the command of Matthew Flinders who set sail from Spithead for Australia on 18 July 1801, calling at the Cape of Good Hope before passing through the Indian Ocean and spotting Cape Leeuwin off South West Australia on 6 December 1801. HMS Investigator held close to the east coast, crossed through the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait.
HMS Sirius was originally known as Berwick and was launched in 1780. She was also the flagship of the First Fleet, which departed from Portsmouth, England, in 1787 under the command of Captain John Hunter (pictured). Captain Arthur Phillip who was part of the voyage would be the first European governor of the new colony in New South Wales, Australia.
HMS Sovereign of the Seas was built in 1635 and launched on 13 October 1637. She was requested by Charles I of England, who desired a huge Great Ship and She was decorated from stern to bow with gilded carvings and armed with 102 bronze cannon. She was thereby at the time the most powerfully armed ship in the world, however, the main aim was to boost the reputation of the English crown and to be recognised as the ‘lords of the seas.
HMS Victory, launched in 1765 was one of ten first-rate ships to be built with at least 100 guns. Constructed with around 6,000 trees which essentially consisted of 90% of oak. The ship is best known for her role as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. She has participated in many battles and was mainly known as Lord Nelson's (pictured) flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
HMS Victory, launched in 1765 was one of ten first-rate ships to be built with at least 100 guns. Constructed with around 6,000 trees which essentially consisted of 90% of oak. The ship is best known for her role as Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. She has participated in many battles and was mainly known as Lord Nelson’s (pictured) flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
La conﬁance, launched in 1800 was under the command of Robert Surcouf. She was recommissioned in Ile de France with a complement of ofﬁcers and seamen totalling a number of 213 people and an armament of six 8—pounder long guns, sixteen 6-pounders and two 36-pounder obusiers de vaisseau. On 7 October, she combatted the East Indiaman Kent and captured her after a violent battle and brought Kent to be sold in Ile de France (Mauritius).
The RMS Titanic, built by the Harland and Wolf shipyard in Belfast was the biggest vessel afloat for her time when it entered service. She was the second of the three Olympic-class passenger liners owned by the British shipping company White Star Line.
During her inargural travel from Southampton to the New York City , she hit with an iceberg and sank in the early morning of 15 April 1912.
Santa Maria, built in Spain previously known as La Gallega was one of the ship used by Christopher Columbus’s in his first voyage. Santa María was quite small about 100 tons just 17.7 m long on deck with three small masts and was used as the flagship for the expedition. Columbus’ crew was mostly constituted of experienced seamen from the regions of Andalusia and Galicia in northwest Spain and the expedition was mainly funded by a group of bankers.