What’s your favorite ship of all time?



You mean this one?:

I inspected her at Eastern Anchorage in 2009 after she had changed name from Sarku Sipidan to Trinity Revival:


I think so ombugge. Hard to be certain from the angle but it looks like the same. Merlion looked so much better in red. Originally, took her from Yokosuka, Japan to Dutch Harbor, then conducted 2 months seismic survey in Chukchi Sea for Shell (that was a real hoot). Then took her back to Singapore where she was laid up for a year, re-outfitted for multiple streamers. Did many jobs in SE Asia then eventually sold to whomever - lost track of her after. I just thought it fitting that she was Singapore flagged and named Merlion. Well built ship. I will try to scan a couple of images and post when she was working in SE asia. Lot of stories while sailing on that ship - smacking into an ice floe that was more an iceberg, and dragging all the seismic equipment over same, pirate boarding north of Kalimantan (I was leave at the time :neutral_face: but heard all about it from the first Captain) etc. etc., and then baby sitting at Loyang for a year until it was eventual sold.


You may remember this than?:

I don’t think it changed much between your time onboard and when she reached Chittagong in 2014:


Oh man that brings back memories! Thanks for sharing. She was built in Japan. When Western Geophysical (now WesternGeco) bought her they hired the company I worked for for operation and crewing. Of course everything was labeled in Japanese. We probably spent the better part of three days with a Japanese bosun, a Japanese/English dictionary and a $15 label maker renaming all the labels and indicators and placards. Same below for the engineers. Again, thanks for sharing.


For most Dutch mariners, including myself, it still is the Grand Old Lady ss Nieuw Amterdam (1937 - 1974).

During WWII the Nieuw Amsterdam was a troop ship, with a nominal troop capacity of 6,800 and speed of over 20 knots and was among the British-controlled “monsters” – high-capacity, high-speed troop ships capable of sailing unescorted due to their speed, and thus critical to the build up in Britain for the invasion of the Continent.

During the 530.000 war miles she sailed unscathed and transported 350.000 soldiers safely mainly over the North Atlantic, the notorious hunting ground of the Wolf Packs.

The ship looked war beaten when she returned finally to Rotterdam in April 1946.

The present Nieuw Amsterdam (2010) is something different, a typical Lego Block ship as we call them. I count 18 lifeboats for 2904 passengers and crew. With a lifeboat capacity of 150 there is room for 2700 persons, but there are also scores of rafts available.


My favourit ship have been mentioned several times here; the Slidre, ex Bomma:
M-S Bomma - Norwegian Merchant Fleet 1939-1945.mht (88.1 KB)

Originally built for the Danzig trade at Aker Shipyard in Oslo in 1938 and as can be seen in the above, she became quite famous as the “Gold Boat”, because she carried part of the Norwegian gold hord out of Norway and eventually to USA during the war.
She was transferred to AS Ansea in 1966 and taken out to Singapore to operate in the Far East and the Pacific for the rest of her time.

I joined this ship as Chief Officer in Singapore in late Jan. 1968 (50 years ago almost to the day) She had just returned from 14 months on the South Vietnamese coast on hire to USAID via Transmar, a Vietnamese company and had only a skeleton crew on board.

After an eventful trip to North Korea, we entered into a time charter with Karlander New Guinea Lines, trading Australia to Papua New Guinea and other islands in the South Pacific.

I left her in Port Moresby in July,1968 to return to Norway for my final year at the Maritime School, but re-joined her in Australia in June, 1969 for another few months, before transferring to another ship in the same trade.

She was sold to Philippine company in 1971, but retained the same name.
While working in Hong Kong in 1973 I saw in the papers that the Slidre would arrive on her regular run to Micronesia and Guam so just had to take a trip out to the anchorage to have a look at her. Still in good shape and keeping her schedule.

She was grounded at Gab Gab Beach, Guam in a Typhoon 26.05.1976 and reminded there until pulled off and sunk in deep water by the US Navy sometime in 1980:


I base “favorite ship of all time” upon achievement, not esthetics.


I have always felt sentimental about this ship. It was ice strengthened and the wheelhouse had several nice big steam heating units just below the windows.

NOAA Ship Surveyor


The Salvage Chief. My uncle was a deckhand on her in the 1950s. My dad and I got to go aboard when she stopped in San Francisco one time. Ate lunch in the galley, got a full tour of the bridge and machinery spaces. Pretty heady stuff for a young Sea Scout.




Earl’s story reminded me of the time I saw the SS American Racer in New York when I was a lowly E-3 Seaman on the CGC Gallatin based in Governors Island

A few of us took the ferry over to the city one evening and, I didn’t know NY well, but we must have been on Lower East Side of Manhattan. It was hard core waterfront, we ended up in dive bar.

But on the way there we passed the American Racer tied up. This is the view, except it was in good shape at the time.

I was very taken by the sight of her, the way it towered over the street, the audacious name.


And don’t forget the GoodShip Lollipop while you are at it.


I sailed on three C1-M-AV1 (Knot ships) in the early and mid 60s. USNS Joseph Muller, USNS Rose Knot and USNS Coastal Crusader. The first one a spy ship, and the second two were missile trackers home-ported in Recife, Brazil.


I never sailed on the Texas Clipper but went to school in it when MM&P was screaming for Mates, mid 60s in Galveston, Texas.


Earlier I named the ss Nieuw Amsterdam as my favorite all time ship but then I didnot sail on her. If I have to choose my favorite ship of the ones I have actually sailed on it is the Shell Tanker sts Ondina.

The Officers Mess on board the Ondina.



I found it difficult to choose a favourite from the ships I sailed on but here is a front runner. It is the Canton, a moderate sized P&O passenger ship which ran from UK to Japan and many places in between from 1938 to 1962, except for the war years when it was an armed merchant cruiser. I was an apprentice on it when it made its last voyage. A particularly memorable moment was on its departure from No 1 Berth in Singapore harbour, heading west towards home, when every ship it passed blew three long basts, which we answered. It was a moving experience, which caused tears amongst the female passengers. My fellow apprentice on the trip painted the picture.


SS MONTANA. . . many years ago.


USS Everett F Larson (DD-830), LAST OF THE SIX GUNS!!


Not just because of her amazing lines and incredible speed and seakeeping… But because she marked the end of an era.


The name of my favorite ship is the same as that of my favorite book.

I’ve always claimed the Iowa class to be my favorite but… I’ve always HATED the name Iowa. I mean who the hell names a magnificent fighting ship after a landlocked state!? And one that doesn’t roll of the tongue either.

So, secretly, I’ve always liked the name Musashi. I also prefer her lines, the extra teak on her deck and the extra big guns.