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This documentary, in the form of a satellite map, enables you to zoom in on 170 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 somehow managed to survive the battles, the storms, time, accountants, and the scrap yard. 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, 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 much 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.


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