This documentary, in the form of an interactive Google Map, enables you to zoom in on the most historic ships still in existence. These are the famous and cherished ships that form our marine museums. Found around the world, they fought our wars, handled our cargo and our rescues, and some how managed to survive the battles, the storms, time, accountants, and the scrap yard. Plus, they managed to be displayed in Google Map were everyone can see them and get directions to visit them.
The list of ships involved include such ships as: USS Yorktown, USS Lexington, the bathyscaphe Trieste, RMS Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth 2; Soviet aircraft carrier Minsk and submarine B-427; German submarines U-9, U-995; sailing vessels Mercator, Pilgrim, RRS Discovery, and USS Constitution and a lot of ships you never heard of. Because of politics, alliances, and the economy, some of these ships ended up being permanently docked in some very unexpected places. For example, US ships in Turkey and South Korea, or Soviet ships in China and the United States. You will see marine museums in the UK, US, and China filled with lots of retired ships, a few of the museums also share space with retired airplanes. Each ship shown has a Wikipedia link to provide the complete background and history of the ship.
Each ship's description, history, location and coordinate were provided by Wikipedia's List of Museum Ships.
Please note, in order to see the 3D affect on some ships you must zoom all the way in. Also, for some unknown reason, a few ships do not display at all until you have zoomed all the way in.
Also in this map, you will discover some Google Map anomalies. Situations where a "ghost" ship missing at one level of zoom suddenly appears on the next level of zoom. Or, a ship that displays correctly, suddenly disappears at the closest level of zoom.
|Soviet Aircraft Carrier Minsk.|
|San Francisco Marine Museum.|
|Chinese Naval Museum at Qingdao.|