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The World’s Largest Full-Rigged Sailing Ship (21 Photos)

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At 439 feet in length, the five-masted, 42-sail Royal Clipper is the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world.

With 19,000 square feet of open deck and accommodations for up to 227 guests, the Royal Clipper is a sight to behold.

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Inspired by the legendary tall ship Preussen , Royal Clipper has the proud distinction of being the largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship built, since her predecessor was launched at the beginning of the 20th century.

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  Tonnage: 5,000 Length: 439 feet Beam: 54 feet Draft: 18.5 feet Sail Area: 56,000 Square feet Mast Height: 197 feet Total Staff: 106 Passenger Capacity: 227 Masts: 5 Masts, 42 Sails

Royal Clipper Interiors

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A Gorgeous Tour of the Largest Ship in the World

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At 194 feet wide and 1,312 feet long, the Matz Maersk Triple E is the largest ship ever built. It can carry 18,000 20-foot containers; its propellers weigh 70 tons apiece; it is too big for the Panama Canal, though it can shimmy through the Suez. All this is to say: This is a ship of daunting proportions.

Alastair Philip Wiper captured the grandeur of the Triple E with a single camera, tripod and shutter cable for the September issue of WIRED UK . The Copenhagen-based photographer travels light, even when shooting some of the world’s most intimidating industrial spaces . In recent years, he’s photographed the complicated interiors of CERN, the spiky anechoic chamber at Denmark's Technical University and the shimmering Mont-Louise Solar Furnace nestled in the French Pyrenees. For this shoot, Wiper traveled to the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering factory in the South Korean port of Opko.

On his blog , Wiper explains that Daewoo is one of the “big three” shipyards in South Korea, right behind Hyundai and Samsung’s yards. Right now, the shipyard is in the process of making eight more Triple Es, all in various stages of completion.

“The shipyard, about an hour from Busan in the south of the country, employs about 46,000 people, and could reasonably be described as the worlds biggest Legoland. Smiling workers cycle around the huge shipyard as massive, abstractly over proportioned chunks of ships are craned around and set into place: the Triple E is just one small part of the output of the shipyard, as around 100 other vessels including oil rigs are in various stages of completion at the any time.”

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Wiper had unprecedented access to the ship and shipyard, where he spent three days documenting the construction of the massive vessels. “I was expecting a tour of the ship from someone who knew it inside and out---instead I was just told, 'Here it is---off you go!'" he writes. Upon asking if there was a map of the ship, he recalls being told, “No. The engine is that way, the bridge is that way. Have fun, and make sure you aren’t on board in 5 hours because the ship will be leaving for Russia.”

So Wiper set out on a self-guided tour, making photos of whatever caught his eye. In the photos you see a glimmering engine room that looks like something aboard a ship on its way to Oz and an absolutely cavernous cargo hold. He also documented the workday of shipworkers and the pleasing geometric shape of the hull.

By now Wiper knows what he’s looking for (strong lines) and how he’ll go about shooting it (usually straight-on). He’s gotten good at pinpointing the main systems of a space, which are the key to capturing the symmetry (and thus attractiveness) of large-scale industrial machines. Like much of Wiper’s work, the photo essay acknowledges the often overlooked beauty of industrial spaces. Through Wiper’s lens, tubes, bolts and hunks of metal transform into arresting graphical portraits. Presented with this massive feat of engineering, it’s possible that we’d miss the perspective that Wiper’s camera grants us; we might marvel at the sheer mass of the ship and miss the bits and pieces that and that, he says, is the whole point of his photography. “I’m trying to find these things that aren’t meant to be beautiful but are.”

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Raising the Seawise Giant: the fascinating history of the largest ship ever built

In 1979, the Sumitomo Heavy Industries in Japan completed an ultra-large crude carrier (ULCC) that is still the biggest and longest self-propelled ship in history, the Seawise Giant. 

Throughout its long and turbulent history, it would be known by several names: Knock Nevis, Oppama, Happy Giant, Jahre Viking, and Mont. It would also pass through several owners, become embroiled in the Iran-Iraq war, be salvaged from its watery grave, and rise again as the tanker Happy Giant. 

Before all of this, however, the world’s largest ship resulted from a settlement between its Japanese builders and the Greek company that ordered it.

 Bankruptcy made it impossible for the Greek buyer to purchase the ship. So, there was a long arbitration process that allowed Sumitomo to sell the then-unnamed ship to a new buyer: the Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line. 

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The Seawise Giant Takes to Sea

Named after a play on the owner’s name, C.Y. Tung, the Seawise Giant then underwent jumboization. This is the process of lengthening a ship by adding another section in the middle.

After two years, the final length of the ship was 1,504.1 ft. It was twice the length of the Titanic and nearly as tall as the Petronas Towers. It had 46 tanks that could carry 4 million barrels of crude oil, two propellers, a deck space of 339,500 sq. ft., and a displacement of 646,000 tons.  

When the ship was fully loaded, its draft totaled 80 feet which was too deep to maneuver in certain areas such as the English Channel. It was also  too long to travel  through the Panama and Suez Canals. 

So, despite its impressive and record-breaking size, the Seawise Giant had its weaknesses. The ship traveled at 16 knots or 30 kph. It took 9 kilometers to stop the ship at its normal speed and needed a clearing of 3 kilometers to turn. 

At sea,  it needed constant monitoring  as it negotiated straits and rocky waters. The transfer of cargo was also risky since the ship often operated in the open sea and not in a safe harbor due to its size. 

Everything about it was massive — from its rudder and propellers to its gigantic 36-ton anchor. But it was not built for speed, maneuverability, or even longevity. 

Embroiled in War

From 1979 to 1988, the Seawise Giant delivered oil from the Middle East to the United States. But then the Iran-Iraq War happened, which played a role in the ship’s fate. 

On May 14, 1988, the Seawise Giant was anchored off Larak Island in the Strait of Hormuz on the coast of Iran. 

It was one of five oil tankers in the area that was in the middle of transferring and loading oil. Iraqi planes started attacking the oil platform, and all nearby  ships were in danger of being hit  by parachute bombs. 

The Seawise Giant’s size made it an easy target. Before long, it burst into flames and sank into the shallow waters off the coast. 

Another tanker, the Barcelona Supertanker, also sank, while three others were damaged but remained afloat. 

To this day, the Seawise Giant remains the largest ship that ever sank. 

A Shipwreck Waiting To Be Rebuilt

For a few months, the Seawise Giant’s wreck was considered the largest wreck in the world. But given its size, it was only a matter of time before another shipping company would try to rebuild it. 

Once the Iran-Iraq War was over, another company bought the wreck. 

Norman International salvaged the ship and towed it to a shipyard in Singapore. In 1991, the ship entered service once more as the Happy Giant. 

That same year, Norwegian shipowner Jørgen Jahre bought the ship and gave it a new name: Jahre Viking. The ship continued to navigate the oceans under the Norwegian flag from 1991 to 2004. 

The Seawise Giant’s Last Days

In 2004, the ship was sold to First Olsen Tankers and renamed Knock Nevis once again. However, it became a permanently moored tanker in the Persian Gulf as the sheer size of the ship meant it operated at a loss. 

The Knock Nevis was moored in Qatar’s Al Shaheen Oil Fields until 2009, when it was sold again to Ambers Development. Renamed Mont, it flew the Sierra Leone flag and took its final trip to India. 

It  arrived in Port Alang in December 2009 , the largest ship dismantling area in the world. Most of the world’s vessels are beached and scrapped there, including the ship formerly known as the Seawise Giant. 

The Legacy of the Giant

Even in its final days, the Seawise Giant broke a few more records. Often, ship dismantling can take a few months, but due to the sheer size of the vessel, it took a whole year and 18,000 workers to scrap the ship. 

You would think that the ship’s record-breaking size would make it exempt from its final fate, but it was not meant to be. 

The ship cost more to operate than it could earn as a shipping vessel. So, the decision to scrap the ship was a tragic yet unsurprising eventuality.

The Seawise Giant’s legacy is a mixture of marvels and mistakes. For all its record-breaking feats, its sheer size was more of a burden than a blessing. Though it remains a marvel of shipbuilding and engineering, no ship has ever tried to surpass the Seawise Giant. 

Its size limited its speed, flexibility, and movement. Despite its cargo capacity, it also cost more to operate the ship, given the fuel requirements for such a massive vessel. 

So, what remains of the Seawise Giant? The name is still found in history books, but only a few remember it. However, if you travel to Hong Kong, you will find the only physical remains of the ship that came back from Port Alang. 

On Stonecutters Island, you can find its massive anchor in front of the Hong Kong Government Dockyard Building. The owners still recognize the value and legacy of the ship and  donated the anchor  to the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.  

It is now the only reminder of a Giant who once navigated the seas in peace and war.

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Making the world’s largest sail, meet the designer, builder, and cloth supplier of the superyacht perseus^3’s new spinnaker, a sail the size of 10 tennis courts.

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“It’s substantially bigger than anything else out there,” says Glenn Cook in a typically measured fashion. The North Sails superyacht sail designer is calling from St Barth, where he’s testing the sail out for the first time, a process he says is both “nerve-racking” and “the best part of the job.”

Because to bring this 2,604 sqm A2 sail to life, it’s taken a lot of people, time, and resources.

In fact, it’s taken a design team in the US, an eight-week custom order from Contender Sailcloth and a team of 10 sailmakers and 2 graphic installers working over 15 days to build this sail.

“The boat was specifically looking for a target area from a rating perspective,” explains Cook. “So the design was driven by that. And because Perseus^3 is a huge boat (her length overall is 58.60m), you can’t turn very quickly and trimming adjustments are also slow, so we looked to make a sail that had a very stable flying shape. Plus the sail has to work across a variety of conditions. The design is more forgiving than you would do on a smaller sail.”

Handling issues drove the design, too: the luff is so long that it can drop into the water when gybing. “We developed a system above the tack to collect the sail and keep it clear of the water during a gybe.”

With no other sail of that size or real benchmark, the chosen base material is a Contender Sailcloth Superkote 350 – the top of their offering – and the ply patching a Superkote 250 to keep some weight off.

“These boats are huge, the loads that are involved are pretty exceptional,” adds cloth supplier Duncan Skinner, President of Contender Sailcloth USA. “We go from a fabric that weighs 32 grams per square meter up to something that weighs 150 grams for the Superkote 350 in this kite. As the weight goes up, the strength goes up and that’s what you need in a sail this size.

“The fiber selection comes first – it’s high-tenacity Nylon. Second, constructions, ie. how many yarns we weave in each direction. Once the fabric is woven, the finishing comes in – that’s the real trick. You have to dye the product first, then finish it. We finish it with a coating process that gives stability and zero porosity to the fabric. A well-proven chemical process that makes fabrics that withstand the kind of loads you see on these giant boats.”

Skinner smiles. “This thing is so big!”

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Producing a consistent finish throughout is key to ensure the sail’s uniform performance. “On these big kites, the fabric is specifically engineered so that there is a little bit of elasticity built into it. That way, big shock loads don’t run back through the rigging and the boat itself – the kite absorbs a little bit of it.”

Surprisingly though, it’s the sail’s custom grey color that caused the most headache. “The coloring took us the longest because you can’t take that amount of material and dye it all at the same time. The machines just aren’t that big. You have to pay a lot of attention to the dye formulation and to the timing… and when you look at the kite, it’s pretty damn close! That was also very good on Manolo’s part when assembling the sail.”

Manolo Lastra’s loft in Northern Spain was the last part of this gigantic puzzle.

“It took about eight weeks to receive the material,” says Lastra on the phone, explaining how they ordered around 400 linear meters extra to get the panel color right.

In total, his team received 3,323 linear meters of material divided into 48 rolls, used 3100, plus another 500 meters of the Superkote 250. With 3,500 sqm over three floors, Lastra’s team assembled the different sections step by step. And to fit the cutting tables, the sail has four sections across its foot, where most sails have two.

“Two people were cutting for five days,” says Lastra. “Once cut, the 850 panels were sorted by groups and sent to production to be assembled by sections. Then they went through the sewing machines.”

The parts were sewn separately before being put together. “That’s when we started adding the plies in the corners,” he adds. “That took 10 people and 10 days. Two more people were working on the graphics in parallel.

“Once the sail and graphics were done, it dried for four days, got folded, and shipped to Antigua.”

And it’s on the neighboring Caribbean Island of St Barth that we find Cook testing it out.

“I’m down here sailing with them for the St Barths Bucket this week. It took probably 16 people two hours to unfold the sail and put it into the spinnaker sock.”

At 550 kilos, did he try lifting it?

“We can’t!” he laughs. “We use winches on the boat. We can drag it, but that still takes 10, 15 people to move it.

“It’s big.”





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Boat of the Week: Inside the 7-Year Quest to Build ‘Dream Symphony,’ the World’s Largest Sailboat

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Size matters: If Dream Symphony is ever completed, it would dwarf the 289-foot Maltese Falcon, currently the world’s fourth-largest sailing yacht.

When Dream Symphony was first announced in 2014, the yachting world was all aflutter. At 462 feet in length, it promised to be not only the largest yacht produced in Turkey, but the largest sailing yacht ever built (except for the sail-assisted motoryacht Sailing Yacht A, which is technically more motorsailer than sailboat).

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Even more incredible is that Dream Symphony was to be constructed entirely out of wood. The use of epoxy laminated iroko (African teak) forms an integral part of boatbuilder Dream Ship Victory’s vision to successfully bring laminated wood into modern shipbuilding. The yard has a successful track record. In 2013, it delivered the 212-foot Mikhail S. Vorontsov , built entirely out of laminated mahogany.

At more than double the length, Dream Symphony is a much larger technical challenge. Of course, the biggest challenge since its announcement seven years ago has been finding an owner—or rather a second owner. After the initial brouhaha about the world’s largest sailboat, Dream Symphony went dark.

Dream Symphony will be the largest sailing yacht ever completed, if it is ever built

The sleek, minimalist hull works well with the yacht’s 462-foot length.  Courtesy Ken Freivokh

“The original owner pulled out when the Ukrainian crisis came about,” Dream Symphony ’s designer Ken Freivokh told Robb Report . “The project went on up to a point, a bit slower, but now we’re looking for a new owner.”

Actually, the project has been stalled. Freivokh shared images of a partially built hull inside the shipyard, and he says it has since progressed, but not to the point where it’s anything resembling his majestic renderings. While gigayachts in the motoryacht segment are being ordered and delivered with regularity, the world’s-largest sailing yacht will require a very special owner.

When—or if —the yacht is completed, it will be worth the wait. Dream Symphony reunites the same A-team that conceived the iconic sailing superyachts, the 350-foot Black Pearl and 289-foot Maltese Falcon . The hull design and engineering were completed by Dykstra Naval Architects, while Freivokh was responsible for the interior and exterior.

“Building the largest sailing yacht is what the shipyard owner has always wanted to achieve,” says Freivokh. The shipyard’s preference for wood is based on the material’s renewable and recyclable properties. But the yard’s principals take it a step farther by asserting that wood produces a vessel of “equal or even greater strength” than steel and aluminum.

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An early image of Dream Symphony under construction. The build has progressed, but is still waiting for an owner to see it to completion.  Courtesy Ken Freivokh

It has not been smooth sailing, though. When Dream Ship Victory approached RINA to certify construction, the Italian marine agency balked. It had never certified any wooden vessel over 98.4-feet in length. There followed an exacting process managed by Dykstra Naval Architects, involving composite experts Gurit, and exhaustive testing by laboratories at the Delft University of Technology in Holland and Italy’s University of Messina. The results satisfied RINA to certify construction and the build began.

“It’s almost the equivalent of a huge composite build,” said Freivokh. “The epoxy lamination is quite a complex system, but it preserves the wood, which means it should last a long time and behave very predictably.”

The original owner called for elegant use of wood across the interior. “The idea was to express the beauty of wood, so the owner was keen to have a fairly classic interior, and even the exterior is a modern interpretation of a classic,” says Freivokh. “At one point, we considered a contemporary style like Black Pearl , but the owner resisted that in favor of something more traditional, so it stands as a four-masted schooner.”

The four masts tower 229.7 feet above the water, carrying furling staysails on Hoyt booms with a total sail area 54,680 square feet. If built, the boat will also have a diesel-electric propulsion system for a maximum range under power of 5,900 nautical miles. A two-deck atrium with a spiral staircase is twinned with an owner’s duplex apartment spread across two decks. The “convertible conservatory” links the owner’s living quarters with the main lobby via an glass winter garden that opens to the elements. More glass features in the double-height glass swimming pool on the aft deck, with a bottom that rises to serve as a dance floor or helipad. Like motoryachts its size, Dream Symphony was designed with a spa, treatment rooms and gym.

Dream Symphony is the world's largest sailing superyacht

The interior is designed to be classic, rather than contemporary, using mahogany throughout.  Courtesy Ken Freivokh

Freivokh is now working on two other wooden superyachts currently in build at Dream Ship Victory, and is finalizing a 243-foot yacht for Turquoise, another Turkish yard. “Owners who want to build in wood still remain in the minority, but it’s highly personal and some just love the passion of associated with beautiful old classics,” says the designer.

Perhaps. But the new owner has to be willing to take on a much larger technical challenge to claim the title of world’s largest sailboat.

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These are the Top 10 Largest Sailing Yachts in the World

By Vlad Craciun

Updated on December 3, 2021

In the world of the rich and famous, large, expensive, luxury and yacht are common words which often come together to form what’s probably one of the biggest dreams rich people have: to spend much of their leisure time away at sea on a luxurious superyacht.

Modern or classic looking, with white sails, sleek lines and superb interiors, the yachting world has plenty of options to offer. For some though, a yacht is not really a yacht if it’s not one built for sailing, raising its sails into the winds and thrusting towards the infinite blue horizon.

Now, we’ve done some digging into the sailing realm and came up with the top 10 largest sailing yachts in the world right now:

  • 10. Atlantic (69.2 meters)


Now long gone, the original 69.24 meter long Atlantic was designed by William Gardner and built back in 1903 by Townsend & Downey in Shooter Island, New York.

The actual one is only a replica of the original, build by following the drawings of the first shooner, found in various archives across the United States. One of them, the MIT Museum in Massachusetts, had digitized them with the help of Doug Peterson, a consulting naval architect who has guaranteed the authenticity of the lines and flotation.

  • 9. Badis (70 meters)


Once known as Sybaris, the 70 meter long Badis is one of the largest yachts build by the Italian naval company Perini Navi in the latest years. The yacht was finished in 2016, with Phillipe Briand as a consultant for the naval architecture, PH Design shaping the stunning wood veneer interior, and the exterior designed by Perini Navi.

Badis has room for a total of 12 guests, offering a master suite and five double rooms, complete with en-suite bathrooms and entertainment centers.

  • 8. Enigma (75 meters)


Enigma is a 75 meter long single handed race yacht, designed specifically for participating in the Observer Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race. It was previously called Phocea and managed to cross the Atlantic in 1976, after which it was converted to a cruise ship by the French shipyard DCAN.

Over two decades later, it had a major interior and exterior overhaul at the Lürssen shipyard in Germany and was sold in 2010 to its present owners. Enigma now has a master suite, a VIP room, two double and two twin cabins and room for 12 guests and 23 crew members.

  • 7. M5 (77.5 meters)


M5 is a 77.5 meter yacht designed by Ron Holland Design and built by Vosper Thornycroft in the United Kingdom. The vessel underwent some exterior and interior modifications. The stern section was redesigned and extended by 3 meters.

The yacht got a side boarding platform as well and the interior was also refitted to change the looks and style of the main and lower decks. The main deck is going to look completely different once all the joinery will be replaced.

  • 6. Aquijo (86 meters)


Aquijo is an 86 meter long Dutch sailing yacht designed by Bill Trip’ and constructed by Vitters and Oceanco. It was launched in 2015 and at once became the largest ketch-rigged sailing yacht in the world, with its mainmast rising to 88.4 meters above the sea level.

  • 5. Maltese Falcon (88 meters)

Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon with its 88 meters is one of the most recognized and appreciated yachts of all time. The reason for that is its revolutionary DynaRig, an automated square rigged sail plan, with three carbon fiber rotating masts rising high into the sky, and holding the 15 square sails which amount to no less than 25,800 sq ft of canvas.

The system delivers outstanding performances, with hard to match speed and maneuverability. Constructed by Perini Navi, the Maltese Falcon was purchased in August 2009 by the current owner and is often seen competing in superyacht regattas.

  • 4. Athena (90 meters)


Athena is a 90 meter long super sailing yacht constructed by the Dutch Royal Huisman shipyard back in 2004. The exterior design was conceived by Pieter Beeldsnijder Design, the naval architecture by Dykstra & Partners and the interior was envisioned by Rebecca Bradley Interior Design.

The performances of this super yacht, a match to its name, Athena, make it one of the fastest sailing superyachts, reaching a top speed of 19 knots. Its length makes it also one of the largest sailing yachts launched after the 1930’s.

  • 3. EOS (93 meters)


EOS is a 1500 GRT three masted schooner with a length of 93 meters, placing it on the third place in our list of the 10 largest sailing yachts in the world right now. It was launched in 2006 by Lürssen, but there’s not much to know about it ever since due to its owners big love for privacy, making it one of the most private vessels on the seas.

  • 2. Black Pearl (106 meters)

Black Pearl

The Black Pearl is considered by many to be the largest sailing yacht in the world so far. It’s a 106 meter long vessel made to cross any ocean by harnessing the power of wind alone. It was built by the Oceanco shipyard in the Netherlands and got to meet its owner in 2018.

The Black Pearl features a modern and complex energy generation system and a top notch DynaRig setup made by Dykstra Naval Architects, making it one of the most advanced yachts of its kind. The overall design was made by its owner in close collaboration with a distinguished design team.

  • 1. Sailing Yacht A (142.8 meters)

Sailing Yacht A

Number one on our list is the impressive Sailing Yacht A, a controversial vessel in this category due to its combination of sail power and motor yachting, many people disregarding it when it comes to talking about pure sailing yachts. The official category it comes into is sail-assisted motor yacht, making the best of the two worlds.

In our opinion though, its 142.8 meters length and its grand 100 meter high carbon fiber masts make it fit enough for the first place as the largest sailing yacht in the world. Sailing Yacht A was constructed by Nobiskrug and delivered to its owner in 2017.

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5 Biggest and Magnificent Sailing Ships of All Time

Ships with sails were the vogue in the bygone days. Technology in the form of engines surpassed these marine marvels, with better speed and thereby higher efficiency.

However, even though their utility value diminished their novelty and uniqueness still continues to linger. Over the years, many replicas of sailing ships have been created.

Some of these replicas are used as cruise vessels while some just provide a feel of the years-long gone by.

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Detailed below is a compilation of five of the biggest ships with sails of all time which would help in providing a better insight into these unparallel vessels:

1.    Barque Sedov

Originally known as the Magdalene Vinnen II, the sailing ship was built in Germany in 1921 and was mainly used as a cargo ship until the year 1936 in which she was converted into a naval training vessel.

After the Second World War, she was handed over to the Soviet navy and her name was changed to Sedov after the famous Soviet explorer Georgy Sedov. The most unique aspect about the Sedov is that at the time of construction, in addition to the four sailing steel masts, it had an ancillary engine built.  

At present after nearly 90 years past her construction, the Sedov is still in operation and is used as a training vessel for cadets from the Russian universities of St. Petersburg and Murmansk. The biggest sailing ship is also a participant in many of the tall sailing ships’ races held across the world.

2.    Royal Clipper

The Royal Clipper is a cruise ship that is built on the lines of the Preussen – a five mast sail ship that was built in the year 1902. At present, the Royal Clipper is regarded to be the world’s largest sailing ship with five masts that are rigged fully.

The cruise ship offers a Mediterranean cruise during the summer while offering a Caribbean cruise during the winter. As one of the tall sailing ships, the Royal Clipper finds a place in the esteemed Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest sailing ship with squarely rigged masts.

3.  Preussen

The German ship Preussen was the largest sailing ship wonder at the time of its launch at the start of the 20 th century. Artistically ingenious, the ship’s hull was made of steel and was powered by five fully rigged masts. At that time, the sailing ship boasted of being the only vessel to have five masts with fully rigged sails.

Used as a cargo ship to transport nitrate in the South American continent, the Preussen with an untimely end when a Brighton – a steamer ran it down.

4.  Juan Sebastian Elcano

Also known as the Juan Sebastian de Elcano, the schooner was built in the year 1927 and is third among the world’s tall sailing ships.

Named after Juan Sebastian Elcano, the man who commandeered the fleet during Ferdinand Magellan’s last expedition, the ship sail is presently used as a training vessel for the Spanish Royal naval forces. A steel-hulled four-mast sail ship, the Juan Sebastian Elcano is a very popular ship with sails.

5.  Thomas W. Lawson

Built by the Fore River Ship and Engine Co. based in Massachusetts in the year 1901, the Thomas W. Lawson was a seven-mast schooner used mainly for the purpose of hauling coal and oil by the Eastern Coast of the United States.

However on account of the huge size and bulk of the ship, in her later years, she was used only for the purpose of oil cargo transportation and was regarded as the first sailing tanker vessel in the world.

Thomas W. Lawson formed a very important role in the sail ships of its era because of the fact that it was operated without the support of any ancillary engines.

A storm on the island of Scilly caused the ship to be destroyed beyond repair and 16 crew members from the original total of 18 lost their lives in the accident.

These ships with sails are an important part of the world’s marine heritage. Over the years, many further developments will take place which will carve many innovations to the existing marine pool of vessels but it would be difficult to pinpoint how much these developments will affect the inheritance passed on by these biggest sailing vessels.

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I have this 10 x 13 signed photograph of the ‘2nd’ Preussen (there was 2), with a handwritten copyright dated 1929, in mint condition. It would be interesting to find out its value.

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by Ejaz Khan updated September 22, 2019, 12:12 pm

Which ship is the largest ship of the world? The very first name which comes to our minds is the Titanic. Undoubtedly Titanic was one of the most famous ships which met with quite a memorable trouble on its first journey. There are many other giant ships of which most of us are not aware. Here we have brought a list of top 10 biggest ships ever built in history. Some of them are scrapped and some are in active service.

The world’s biggest ships are listed according to their overall length, deadweight tonnage and gross tonnage. The list includes the current record-holders, either as individual ships or ship classes, of each major ship type as well as some former record-holders and larger vessels that have been scrapped.

10. TI Class Supertanker

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TI class supertanker Oceania is one of the most attractive ships ever built with massive capacity transferring crude oil. They are the four largest double-hulled supertankers in the world. They are also the largest ships in the world currently. The Maersk Triple E class container ships are longer, but the TI Class are still the biggest in terms of deadweight tonnage and gross tonnage.

The deadweight tonnage of TI Oceania is around 440,000 tones along with the speed capacity of speed between 16 to 18 knots. TI Oceaniais a master piece ship highly laden with technology to hurdle all the obstacles which might occur during the journeys. The length of TI Oceania is 380 m (1,247 ft).

9. Berge Emperor

Berge Emperor

The Berge Emperor was a large oil tanker built in the year 1975 in Japan by Mitsui and was one of the largest oil tankers of all time. It was launched on 30 August 1975. The ship weighed 211,360 tons and had a length of 381.82 meters. The ship was owned by Bergesen d.y. & Co. but in the year 1985 it was sold to Maastow BV. and the ship’s name was changed to “Emperor”. This ship was scrapped at Kaohsiung on the 30th of March 1986.

8. CMA CGM Alexander von Humboldt

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Named after Alexander von Humboldt, CMA CGM Alexander von Humboldt is an Explorer class container ship built for CMA CGM. It was the world’s largest containership until the delivery of the Maersk Triple E Class. The length of the massive big ship is 396 m (1,299 ft). The deadweight tonnage of CMA CGM Alexander von Humboldt is almost 187,624 tones.

7. Emma Maersk

Emma Maersk

In the list of top 10 biggest ships of the world, Emma Maerskis currently the second biggest ship which is still in service. It is the first container ship in the E-class of eight owned by the A. P. Moller-Maersk Group. When she was launched in 2006, Emma Mærsk was the largest container ship ever built. As of 2010, she and her seven sister ships are among the longest container ships constructed. It’s a Container ship which carries different goods from country to country. It is able to carry around 11,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) or 14,770 TEU depending on definition. The length of the massive big ship is 397.71 m (1,305 ft).

6. Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller

Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller

Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller is the lead ship of Maersk’s Triple E class of container vessels. She has the largest cargo capacity in TEU of any ship yet constructed, and is the longest ship in service worldwide as of 2013. She was constructed for Maersk by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea, and entered service in July 2013.

Along with her sister ships, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller is the world’s largest and most efficient operational container ship as of 2013, totalling 399 metres (1,309 ft) in length and with a cargo capacity of 18,270 TEU containers. She has a maximum speed of 23 knots.

5. Esso Atlantic

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Esso Atlantic is one of the most popular name in the history of the big ships. This huge ship, 406.57 m (1,333.9 ft) long has an incredible deadweight capacity of 516,891 tons. Esso Atlantic has served the world with its consistent services level of straight 35 years. There’s no need to say that it used to be the best ship of its time. Esso Atlantic was an oil tanker basically and was disposed off as scrap on 2002 in Pakistan.

4. Batillus

Batillus tanker

Batillus was a supertanker, built in 1976 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique at Saint-Nazaire for the French branch of Shell Oil. The first vessel of homonymous Batillus class supertankers. Batillus, together with her sister ships Bellamya, Pierre Guillaumat and Prairial, was one of the biggest ships in the world, surpassed in size only by Seawise Giant built in 1976, and extended in 1981, although the four ships of the Batillus class had a larger gross tonnage.

With the deadweight capacity of almost 554,000 tones and the speed 16 to 17 knots and length of 414.22 m (1,359 feet), Batillus was the 4th biggest ship. She made her last journey on December 28, 1985, from Vestnes to Kaoshiung (Taiwan).

3. Pierre Guillaumat

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It was the third biggest ship ever built in the history of world. Named after the French politician and founder of Elf Aquitaine oil industry, Pierre Guillaumat was a supertanker, built in 1977 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique at Saint-Nazaire for Compagnie Nationale de Navigation.

It served the world for only 6 years before it was disposed of as scrap because of the huge unprofitability and declining demands. Because of her gigantic proportions the usability of the Pierre Guillaumat was very limited. She couldn’t pass through either the Panama or Suez canals. Because of her draft, she could enter a minimal number of ports in the world, and was therefore moored on offshore rigs, and oil terminals like Antifer and after off-loading to reduce her draft, at Europoort. The deadweight tonnage of Pierre Guillaumat was almost 555,000 tones with near about 16 knots of speed. The length of Pierre Guillaumat was almost 414.22 m (1,360 feet).

2. Seawise Giant

Seawise Giant

Mont, previously known as Oppama, Knock Nevis, Jahre Viking, Happy Giant and Seawise Giant, was a ULCC supertanker. Mont became the longest and largest ship by deadweight tonnage after lengthening. Seawise Giant was also called the Queen of oceans and rivers. It was built in 1979 by Sumitomo Heavy Industries,Ltd. at their shipyard in Japan. During the Iran-Iraq War it was damaged by an air force attack. It was sank and was considered completely lost. However the wreckage was salvaged and repaired. After the repairs she was back in service as Happy Giant.

The vessel was sold to Indian ship breakers, and renamed Mont for her final journey in December 2009. After that, it was intentionally beached in India for demolition. Along with the title of being the biggest ship of the world at that time, it also holds the title of being the biggest Oil tanker type ship ever built.

1. Prelude FLNG

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Prelude is the biggest ship of the world ever built till present. A hull longer than the Empire State Building is tall, was launched in South Korea in December 2013. Measuring 488 m (1,601 ft) long and 74 m (243 ft) wide, the hull belongs to Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility, which is the largest floating facility ever built. More than 260,000 tonnes of steel is used in its construction. In operation, it would weigh more than 600,000 tonnes; more than five times the weight of the largest aircraft carrier.

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Sailing has been one of the most popular recreational activities for centuries. Sailboats have been used for transportation, fishing, exploration, and racing. Over the years, sailboats have evolved into different sizes and shapes, but the largest sailboat ever made is a true engineering feat.

The world’s largest sailboat is currently the Azzam, which has a length of 592 feet (180 meters) and was launched in 2013. This luxury yacht was built by German shipyard Lürssen Yachts for Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates. With a price tag of over $600 million, the Azzam was built to be a fast and luxurious vessel.

The Azzam is not just large, but it is also one of the fastest sailboats in the world, capable of reaching speeds of up to 30 knots. It boasts a modern and elegant design with sleek lines and a black and white exterior. The sailboat’s interior is even more impressive, with luxurious cabins, a cinema, a gym, and even a helipad.

The Azzam’s construction was a huge engineering challenge due to its massive size. The sailboat is made of lightweight materials like carbon fiber and composite materials to reduce its weight, making it more maneuverable and faster. It has a unique energy-saving system that allows it to consume less fuel and still maintain its high speed and performance.

Sailboats like the Azzam are a testament to human engineering and technological advancements. These impressive vessels showcase the possibilities of what we can accomplish with limitless resources and unrivaled imagination.

While the Azzam might be the largest sailboat ever constructed, it is not the only record holder. Other sailboats like the Sailing Yacht A and the Maltese Falcon also rank among the largest and most luxurious yachts ever built.

The Azzam is an impressive feat of engineering and design, solidifying its place as the world’s largest sailboat ever made. Its vast size, speed, and luxurious features make it an icon in the world of sailing and a marvel of modern engineering.

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Juneteenth, which became both a federal and state holiday in 2021 , celebrates the anniversary of federal troops’ arrival in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, to ensure all enslaved people had been freed. This year, the holiday falls on Wednesday, but celebrations are happening over the next two weeks.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. –  Indigo Arts Alliance presents The Welcome Table, an intergenerational symposium celebrating global cultural and culinary histories. Activities include art, movement and meditation workshops led by activists and cultural workers. 60 Cove St., Portland.

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    Ever Given: In service Andros Petros: Andros Petros class Supertanker 378.39 m (1,241.4 ft) 68.08 m (223.4 ft) 25.04 m (82.2 ft) 218,447 Scrapped Ishikawajima Harima Heavy Industries: Northern Sealanes Corp Esso Mediterranean: 25.51 m (83.7 ft) 218,447 Scrapped Esso Tankers Inc Ever Gentle: Ever G-class container ship: Container ship

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    USS Enterprise CVN-65. Type: Military aircraft carrier. First in service: 1960. Length: 1,123 ft (342 m) Country: USA. Source: The world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier was for 52 years the darling of the United States Navy. It was also at the time of construction the largest ever ship.

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