Historic Vessels of the United States and Canada, V2.8.1
What This File Is About:
Historic Ships of the United States and Canada is a GPX file that attempts to list all historically significant ships that are either still in use or have become museum exhibits. Historically significant ships, as defined by myself, include ships built in modern times that appear as older ships of historical significance. These ships are clearly noted in the comments section in the GPX file.
Requests for a CSV version of this file will be ignored, so do not ask.
The sources for this POI file are varied, but I relied upon several lists in building it:
Historic Naval Ships Visitor's Guide (http://www.hnsa.org/location.htm)
US Ship Memorials and Museums (http://www.shipbuilidinghistory.com/history/museums.htm)
Canadian ship Memorials and Museums (http://www.shipbuilidinghistory.com/history/canadianmuseums....)
Wikipedia listing of museum ships (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_museum_ships)
National Park Service Ship List (http://www.nps.gov/history/MARITIME/ships/lists/name_1.htm)
National Register of Historic Places (http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreghome.do?searchtype=natreghom...)
What Isn't Included:
With two exceptions (battleships Arizona and Utah), you will not find ships in this file that have been sunk and not raised. What also isn't included are vessels whose continued existence is in doubt or whose exact home port isn't known (see Missing Ships below). In the case of these vessels, if accurate information can be found regarding the vessel's current location or home berth, or if the vessel continues to exist, do not hesitate to contact me so I can add the vessel to the file.
NOTE: The vessels in this section I have not been able to find updated information about, therefore I have to assume that the vessels in this section have been sent to the breakers and scrapped. This section will remain for historical purposes.
AVR 661 - Rescue Boat
Bancroft - Motor Vessel
Bernice J. - Skipjack
CG-52302 - Coast Guard Vessel
Deluge - Fireboat
Gateway - Riverboat
Jane - Fish Tug
Norfolk - Skipjack: ex-George. W. Collier, ex-Allegheny. Trail went cold after 2007.
Spindrift - Vessel
NOTE: This section will remain for historical purposes.
Adventure: Berth at Charles Towne located.
CG-83527: Berth located.
Doris: Located in a boatyard in New London, CT.
Hawaiian Chieftain: Berth located.
RV Hero: Sold to a private owner in 2008 by her previous owner, the ship was found in Bay Center, Washington in 2010.
Hope: Located near Edgewater Park, Norwalk, CT.
Huntington: Broken up for scrap sometime between 2007 and early 2010. Pilothouse and main deck salvaged and appeared at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on July 15, 2010.
Islay: Renamed Bayfield and moved to Wisconsin.
Lady Washington: Berth located.
Mary W. Somers: Moved to Port Tobacco, MD and used as a sail training ship.
Mount McKay: Apparently scrapped sometime in 2007. The mast light from this ship was sold on eBay in November of that year. (Source: http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/perko-mast-light-from-...)
Q. A. Gillmore: Renamed Reiss. Stuck in mud approximately 100 yards northwest of the former location of SS Keewatin.
Rebecca T. Ruark: Located in Tilghman, MD and available for charters.
Snohomish: Located south of SS Spartan in Ludington, MI.
Spirit of Algoma: Located in a boatyard in Milwaukee, WI.
Wake Robin Tender: Vessel scrapped. Only the steam engines remain.
Maritime Classic Boat Museum, Jensen, FL: The boats at this museum (coordinates -80.212183, 27.224647) are not listed because Google Maps'/Bing Maps' resolution in the area was insufficient to define individual ships. Coordinates included on this post for those that wish to modify the file.
Shamrock V: Moved to the Mediterranean Sea. Noted here because the National Park Service still lists the ship on their site.
Sunderland: This schooner no longer sails in US waters. Berthed in Cabo San Lucas, MX.BS at -109.908674,22.881770. Noted here because the National Park Service still lists the ship on their site. Coordinates included on this post for those that wish to modify the file.
Minor updates and adding new ships to the file as they are added to the NRHP listing.
P.S. I have also created an icon for use with the file. I've sent it in to Miss POI but in the meantime, the icon can be downloaded at http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v331/razorzedge/Strephon/h... .
This is one POI listing that I'm looking forward to using!
63 new entries added.
Wow this is exactly what my cousin is looking for. This is definitely not a set of POI that I could find in stock GPS units.
28 new entries, and some 111,000 words worth of ship descriptions. If you've downloaded my earlier files, get this one.
69 new ships, and likely the last of the major updates to this file. Future updates will be incremental in nature. Updating entries and correcting obvious spelling errors for example.
Nevertheless...go get it if you want it.
17 new ships, including several from the missing ships list.
I'm am looking forward to visiting several of these ships.
Updated the file to version 2.2.2. 2.2.1 fixed up some of the descriptions in an attempt to make them more readable. 2.2.2 fixed up the addresses to remove extraneous blank lines in the address field.
Three new ships added. The file now reflects the most up to date list from the National Register of Historic Places as two of the three ships were added to the register in the years NOT covered by the csv files for the NHRP available on POI Factory or NPS.gov.
Nice job, thanks.
Spelling and grammar error correction was the primary target of this version, although there were updates to several entries as well.
Please make a .csv version of Historic Vessels of the United States and Canada
Why do you want a CSV version? You can use EPE and create your own rather than creating another file for the maintainer to look after.
I mentioned once in a thread regarding the difference between CSV and GPX the reason why I won't do a CSV file: the format is too limiting for what I wanted to do with the file. CSV is nice when you have a list of places and don't need a lot of extra information, e.g. Mr. KenFL's Rest Areas Combined. It doesn't work so well when you have all the added information that I include in this file, especially the total of 111,000 words worth of descriptions for the ships in the file.
If you want a CSV file simply to save space on your nüvi, don't bother. Any perceived file size savings is a placebo effect, since the CSV file is a straight text file while the GPX file utilizes a variant of XML. POI Loader rewrites the source file into a GPI file, and the end results do not differ significantly in terms of size.
Three new ships added to the file.
I was looking for a CSV file because I was told that my Garmin Nuvi350 only works with CSV files, not GPX files. I just read in a thread in another website that you can load a GPX file into the Garmin Nuvi350 and it will bring up the waypoints. If the Historic Vessels of the United States & Canada GPX POI file works in my Nuvi350, that would be great. I'll check it out.
Wow, thanks...now if I could only retire and hit the road to see them all!!
Further on my post above, mkahn also addresses a similar issue in a thread entitled, CSV or GPX, Which do I need?
Since POI Loader converts the source file into a GPI file, whether the source is a CSV or GPX file is irrelevant. Therefore, it isn't an issue of what you need, since POI Loader doesn't care what format the input file is. All POI Loader cares about is whether it can read the file and convert the file to GPI.
No new ships. Just some typos caused by a global search and replace I did in 2.2.5 were caught.
10 new ships
1 ship removed
1 ship changing locations
5 ships now have their NRHP status corrected
1 entry completely rewritten
Minor errors in some entries corrected.
Admiral - Scrapped in 2011.
Alert (WSC-127) - New
Badger - NRHP notation added
Bagheera - New
Dahshur Boat (Carnegie Museum) - New
Dahshur Boat (Field Museum) - New
Dixie - New
Dredge No. 5 - New
Keewatin - To be moved to the location in the POI file in June, 2012.
LCI(L)-713 - NRHP notation added
Lilac - NRHP notation added
Martha - NRHP notation added
Munin - New
Nonsuch - New
Persephone - New
Picton Castle - New
Urger - NRHP notation added
Wendameen - Entry completely rewritten
That's too bad.
14 new ships
2 ships now have their NRHP status corrected
1 ship now has its NHL status added.
1 entry updated
Armand Considere - New
David (1970 Replica) - New
Emile N. Vidal - New
H. L. Hunley - NRHP status updated
H. L. Hunley (1967 Replica) - New
Henri Le Chatelier - New
John Smeaton - New
L. J. Vicat - New
LCVP - New
LSM-45 - Entry updated. Converted to barge in 2010.
P. M. Anderson - New
Peralta - New
Pioneer (2003 Replica) - New
Quartz - New
Slater (DE-766) - NRHP status updated. NHL status added, effective 2012.
Thaddeus Merriman - New
YOGN-82 - New
By the way, since I find this rather cool I've got to mention this. Ten of the new ships were not built from wood, steel, or fiberglass. They were made of concrete.
5 new ships
1 ship removed
2 ships changing locations
Minor fixes to the entry on Hawk
Edson (DD-946) - Coordinates updated to the ship's proposed new location.
Hector - New
HMS Bee - New
HMS Tecumseth - New
Iowa (BB-61) - Coordinates updated as the ship was moved to San Pedro in June, 2012.
Santa Maria - New
Tecumseth - New
Vosseller (MSB-5) - Scrapped in 2011. This is the first ex-US Navy vessel to have ever been scrapped after serving as a museum vessel.
16 new ships
2 ships updated
T. E. Draper
F. D. Crockett
PT-658 - NRHP status added.
Bramble (WLB-392) - NRHP status added.
This ship sank yesterday due to hurricane Sandy and will not be in version 2.7.0 unless raised.
I hope they're able to raise it.
3 ships added
1 ship NRHP/NHL designation updated
1 ship removed
T. B. McClintic
Mary A. Whalen - NRHP status added.
Bounty II - Sank during Hurricane Sandy.
Forgot to add this when I updated the file.
1 New Ship (Libby's No. 23)
Minor Grammar Fixes
5 New Ships
Star of Kodiak - Cannery Ship
Monitor (2005 Replica) - Ironclad
PBR - Patrol Boat
PCF-104 - Patrol Boat
C-18 - Monitor
I am a former crewmember of the skipjack NORFOLK. I've followed her life since I left her around 1982. She was a registered vessel for the sees scouts (Boy Scouts of America) until the mid-80s. She sat at the Norfolk Maritime museum NAUTICUS for a while. She was acquired by about group that had the good one intentions to restore her, but they ran out of funding. I last saw the NORFOLK in Cape Charles, VA "on the hard" (on dry land). She was in very poor condition. I didn't even recognize her. Her keel was visibly rotted and she had a few of her ribs remaining along with a few planks on either side of the keel. She is located near the Coast Guard Station.
Thanks for the update YorktownSailor. You mention seeing her in Cape Charles. When was that?
1 New Ship
Hughes Mining Barge (HMB-1)
2 Ships Removed
Glacier (AGB-4) - Broken up in July, 2012
Storis (WMEC-38) - Scrapped in October, 2013
I finally got an opportunity to test a newer device than my 1300, and discovered that on that device, I could not drill down into the appropriate category, e.g. Historic Vessels, and search for a specific ship. The device always returned 0 results. It was possible to pull up a list of ALL custom POIs entered, but it was impossible to search for a specific entry.
To work around this issue, I added a category tag to each entry in the file. This was to allow the POIs to be stored in the device's favorites menu in their own category and be searchable. Unfortunately, the drawback is that all the description information I include in the file is lost on import.
Needless to say, if this is by design, then it seriously limits the usefulness of my file. Fortunately, older devices aren't affected.
How about the USS LCS (L) (3) 102, one of the Mighty Midgets from the Pacific Fleet in WWII.
Located at the Vallejo, California, Mare Island Historic Park.
That vessel is the last of its kind, and I've had it in the file for nearly two years now.
Now I see it. Thanks for setting me straight.
Those ships were amazing - so heavily armed, yet so small.
Well worth the visit.
Thanks for listing it.
Were you searching by typing "USS" into the search box? If so, it's no surprise that you didn't find it. I'm fairly sure you know this, but for the benefit of everyone else, military vessels that have been decommissioned are no longer eligible to bear the "USS", "HMCS", or "HMS" prefixes. The proper way to refer to a decommissioned military vessel is by the vessel type followed by its name, e.g. Cruiser Olympia.
In the file itself, at least four ships bear a prefix,but two are not entitled.
Thanks again.... This site, and the folks who post to it are amazing!
But I am sure you must have the Mayflower II in it.
Just wanted to share, this Summer my two grandsons, ages 9 and 11, got to swab the deck of the Mayflower II. It was a home school history outing and it will be a history lesson they will always remember.
I have it in there. Strangely, I've never been there despite it being no more than 1-1/2 hours away.
I can't wait to visit the historic ships in the Washington-Baltimore area!
We fly cross country to see things but there are things close by we have never visited.
You've got four real easy ones right in the Baltimore inner harbor: Pride of Baltimore II, Constellation, Chesapeake, and Taney. There are others, but some of them may not be accessible. In DC, you have Philadelphia, Miss Ann, Sequoia, Half Shell, Trieste, LCVP PA 45-2, PCF-1, and Barry. Of this last group, Miss Ann may not be visible as she is chartered for sailing trips. The military craft may require escort to visit as they are in the Museum of the US Navy. Philadelphia is in the Smithsonian. Sequoia and Half Shell should be available for visiting.
I can't stress this enough: call ahead.
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