This Is a List Of The Oldest Ships Still Sailing – Nowadays more and more people want to be able to get the latest things and also things that many people don’t even think of. Have you ever wondered how old a ship sailing in the ocean is? Was it just made a few years ago? Or has it been operating for decades? Or maybe hundreds of years?
There are several ships that are very old but still sailing today. The ship has a long life because it is well cared for. What are the oldest ships in the world? Here are a few of them!
Madiz is a twin screw steel yacht designed by G. L. Watson. This ships was built in 1902 on the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. Interestingly, this ship received a +100A1 classification on Lloyd’s Register of Shipping. What does that mean?
Apparently, +100 refers to length (years) of service on the cruise, “A” means acceptance into the well-maintained Lloyd’s Register class, and “1” means having good and efficient anchorage and mooring equipment, citing Proz.
Since the World Wars, Madiz has gone through many holdings and changed names many times. Reported by BabaMail, some famous people who have ridden it are King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.
Next up is the Elissa, a barque type ship (sailing ship with three masts) built in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1877. Throughout her life, she has sailed under the maritime flags of Sweden, Norway and England.
Elissa had to stay long enough in the port of Piraeus in Athens, Greece, before finally being bought on behalf of the San Francisco Maritime Museum. Then, in 1975 it was sold to the Galveston Historical Foundation which is its current owner.
After being revitalized, the Elissa returned to sailing until 2011 where it required repair work for a corroded hull. And to this day, Elissa still occasionally sails. Hope it lasts!
3. James Craig
This three-masted sailing ship was built in 1874. In the 19th century, the James Craig was the strongest cargo ship that had stopped in many countries. Competition with steamboats made it converted into a collier (coal transport ship).
Then, it turned into a hulk (a ship that just floats but can’t go to sea), before being abandoned. In fact, in 1932 this ship was sunk!
Fortunately, in 1972 this ship was lifted and repaired. Now, James Craig sails in Sydney every Saturday-Sunday from 9:30 to 16:00, citing the Australian National Maritime Museum.
4. El Mahrousa
The ship, which is 145.72 meters long, was built in 1865 by Samuda Bros. Reported by Yacht Harbour, the exterior design was designed by Sir Oliver Lang. Interestingly, El Mahrousa was present at the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.
You could say, this is the oldest yacht in the world that is still active. And for 119 years, El Mahrousa held the record as the world’s largest cruise ship before being surpassed by Prince Abdulaziz in 1984.
Now, El Mahrousa has been transformed into an Egyptian presidential cruise ship and only goes to sea three times per year. If you want to meet him, come to the port of Alexandria.
5. Star of India
Moving on to the Star of India, this is the oldest ship in the world that still sails regularly. The ship, which was built in 1863, is a windjammer (a commercial sailing ship with several masts).
Derived from the Isle of Man, its initial name was Euterpe with routes to England, India and New Zealand. This ship had an accident, which collided with a Spanish brig off the coast of Wales.