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Tomick
#1 Posted : 11 March 2018 14:23:04
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This topic is about any vessel that inspired a movie.

For example....

1. The real ships that inspired the "Pirates of the Caribbean " ships..
https://interestingengin...-of-the-caribbean-ships

2. The story of "Moby Dick" and the fictional ship “Pequod” was inspired by the sinking of the "Essex".

Essex was an American whaler from Massachusetts, launched in 1799. In 1820, while under the command of Captain George Pollard, Jr., a sperm whale attacked and sank her. The sinking stranded the 20-man crew in the southern Pacific Ocean with little food and water. During the 95 days the survivors were at sea, they ate the bodies of five crewmen who had died. When that was insufficient, members of the crew drew lots to determine whom they would sacrifice so that the others could live. A total of seven crew members were cannibalized before the eight survivors were rescued. First mate Owen Chase and cabin boy Thomas Nickerson wrote accounts of their ordeal; these accounts inspired Herman Melville to write his famous novel Moby-Dick (1851).

The ship that appeared as the "Moby Dick" was the schooner "Ryeland" which also starred in the 1950 Disney movie "Treasure Island" as the "Hispaniola" and also appeared in the CBS 1950's TV show "The Buccaneers".

The Ryeland ended its days in Morecambe as the "Moby Dick" as a floating exhibit, before finally perishing in a fire in 1972.

The Treasure Island movie inspired a second "Hispaniola" ship to be constructed, which to present day is moored at Scarborough Harbour, taking trips along the South Bay during the tourist season.

https://storiesfromscarb...15/a-tale-of-two-ships/

3. The U-96 German submarine inspired the movie "Das Boot" which today is seen as one of the greatest German movies..
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das_Boot

4. The 1962 movie "Mutiny on the Bounty" was inspired by the 1789 real-life mutiny aboard HMAV Bounty led by Fletcher Christian against the ship's captain, William Bligh.
https://en.wikipedia.org...i/Mutiny_on_the_Bounty_(1962_film)



Feel free to add your own contributions below, of any vessel that inspired a movie or played a part in a movie or TV series...


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The "Queen Mary" was the ship used in the 72 film the Poseidon Adventure good film BigGrin regards PhilCool




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Well obvously Titanic inspired the fulm if the same name and A night to remember.

Then there is the battle of the river plate and the Graff Spee

The Cruel Sea is an excelent film about flowere class corvets and the Atlantic convoys
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USS Missouri, was used in the 1992 American action thriller Under Siege.

I know it is not a movie, but the TV show Warship a popular BBC drama series that ran between 1973 and 1977, for those who are old enough to remember. Crying Four series were produced with 45 episodes in total, reflected the reality of life in the Royal Navy. The fictional ship, HMS Hero was a Leander class frigate, real name HMS Phoebe.
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well if we are expanding it to TV series then HMS Indefatigable was one of the Ardent class 64-gun third-rate ships-of-the-line designed by Sir Thomas Slade in 1761 for the Royal Navy. She was built as a ship-of-the-line, but most of her active service took place after her conversion to a 44-gun razee frigate

...and was the star of the Hornblower books and TV series
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Was already expanded into TV series with the mention of the Ryeland appearing in the CBS 1950's TV show "The Buccaneers".
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The ship that appeared in the popular 1970’s BBC tv drama “The Onedin Line” is called the “Kathleen and May” and is Britain's last three-masted topsail schooner. It was built for Captain John Coppack in 1900 in Connah's Quay in Flintshire, for cargo trading around the Irish Sea. It was found derelict back in 1998 by her owners who restored it over a period of two years at a cost of £2 million.
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The British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal inspired the major TV series “Sailor” first shown in the mid-1970s, about life on board the fourth Ark Royal, which followed the ship on a five and a half month deployment to North America in 1976 and also inspired the hit song “Sailing” by Rod Stewart.
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French destroyer, the Maille-Brez: was used in the recent Dunkirk film as a British destroyer

the very pretty Norwegian ship Rogaland plays the part of HMS Paris also in the Dunkirk film but no hospital ship sank during the evacuation in real life

and lets not forget HMS Surprise and master and commander
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Didn't spot Jase above but will elaborate on it.

HMS Rose was sold to the 20th Century Fox film studio in March 2001, and underwent extensive modifications to be used in the making of the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, in which she portrayed the Royal Navy frigate HMS Surprise with a story based on several of the books by Patrick O'Brian.
The modifications included a reshaped stern, all deck structures removed, the single ship's wheel replaced by a double wheel, period fighting tops fitted, new sails, and the figurehead replaced.

The ship has officially been re-registered as "HMS Surprise" in honor of her role in the film.

Also, on the POTC theme, The HMS Surprise portrayed the HMS Providence in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
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The US Navy's first stealth vessel the Sea Shadow was the worlds first stealth boat, a top secret vessel built in the 1980's. She was the inspiration for the villain's boat in the 007 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. Cool Cool

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The Inferno, which the truffle-shuffling gang come across in The Goonies was a full size ship built for the film.

http://goonies.wikia.com/wiki/The_Inferno
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The tall ship “Kaskelot” one of the world's largest wooden tall ships, features in the TV series “Poldark
http://home.bt.com/enter...festival-91364209875032
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Jaws probably the most famous rising boat the Orca.

There were actually two Orcas. The first, Orca 1, was purchased from a local lobster fisherman, and Orca 2, a glass-fibre replica, was used for the shark scenes. It was later cut up by the studio and sold to film fans
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the 1951 film African Queen, which is a great film actually stars the The African Queen. she was restored in2012
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probably the largest ship to star in the movies is the USS Missouri in the fab film from 1992 Under siege

The film took $156 million and garnered two Academy Award nominations, but it couldn't outdo “Big Mo”, the 45,000-ton, 887ft long man of war, which is the third ship in the US navy to named after the State and the last-ever battleship commissioned in the US. She was ordered in 1940, commissioned in 1944, saw active service in the Pacific in the Second World War, in the Korean War and, after a period in the US mothball fleet, her nine 16-inch guns fired salvoes against Saddam Hussein’s forces in the 1991 Iraq War. She was decommissioned into the reserve fleet in 1992 and struck from the Naval Vessel Register in 1995. She now resides in Pearl Harbour as a floating museum.
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Keep up - USS Missouri already noted at post #4 Crying
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Tomick wrote:
Keep up - USS Missouri already noted at post #4 Crying


oopsLOL
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Nautilus is the fictional submarine featured in Jules Verne's novels “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870)” and “The Mysterious Island (1874)”.
Verne named the Nautilus after Robert Fulton's real-life submarine Nautilus (1800). Three years before writing his novel, Jules Verne also studied a model of the newly developed French Navy submarine “Plongeur” at the 1867 Exposition Universelle, which inspired him for his definition of Nautilus.
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It has been suggested that H. G. Wells’ fictional "HMS Thunder Child" from his novel "The War of the Worlds" may have been based on HMS Polyphemus, in part because he described Thunder Child as an ironclad torpedo ram, and Polyphemus was the only ship of this type which the Royal Navy possessed at the time.

HMS Thunder Child is the name of the fictional ironclad torpedo ram of the Royal Navy, destroyed by Martian fighting-machines in H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, while protecting a refugee rescue fleet of civilian vessels.
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