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[–]HerrHoffert 5161 points5162 points  (609 children)

My dad worked as an engineer in the Swedish navy, he befriended the engineer on the Amerigo Vespucci and got a memento from him, a metallic armband used by the sailor in charge of guard duty aboard. I still have it on my shelf, a beautiful piece.

[–]DJTen 1475 points1476 points  (542 children)

Pics! Wanna see!

[–]HerrHoffert 1323 points1324 points  (524 children)

Pics will come! I got it in my apartment and I’m down at my boat right now!

Edit: I’ll be back to my apartment this weekend. Expect pics below this comment on sunday at the latest. Apologies for the delay! Did not expect this to blow up!

[–]MrCraytonR 278 points279 points  (165 children)

!remind me 2h

[–]Cptcuddles696969 624 points625 points  (133 children)

He’s on a boat motherfucker don’t you ever forget!

[–]KneeDeepInTheDead 32 points33 points  (4 children)

Theres boat in your genes for sure

[–]seikot 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Pics of the armband too!

[–]MonteyOnEve 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Be sure to post it somewhere too. Many subreddits could enjoy this feel good story and pic.

[–]HerrHoffert 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Not a bad idea!

[–]rologies 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Holding you to this Mr Hoffert.

[–]Floodborne 72 points73 points  (11 children)

Also wanna see. Come through, OP.

[–]pavlovs_pog 40 points41 points  (10 children)

Also wanna see pics of OP coming through the armband

[–]Grazthespaz 523 points524 points  (10 children)

Is it true the Swedish Navy have barcodes on their ships so at the docks they can Scan da Navy in

[–]dolphin-centric 111 points112 points  (4 children)

you motherfucker, my dad will love this

[–]Green_Rice 24 points25 points  (1 child)

My dad is both of Scandinavian heritage (Norway, not Sweden) and a sailing enthusiast. It takes a really good joke to make him laugh instead of just getting an eye roll. This made him laugh.

[–]JimmyfromDelaware 20 points21 points  (0 children)

oof - you glorious bastard!

[–]spira09 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Remindme! 2 days

[–]GrumpyOik 2470 points2471 points  (136 children)

Doomed love affair. She (Vespucci) was 32, Independence only 3 years old - and wouldn't see the end of the century.

AFAIK, The Amerigo Vespucci is still in service at 87 90.

[–]victoriaj 692 points693 points  (43 children)

I saw her in London in 2013. It's a beautiful ship.

It was still being used as a training ship. And raced against other tall ships.

When they dock they let people take free tours (or they did then). So I did that.

I tried to share a couple of photos but the link looked like a shortened URL (not shortened but with random bits) and got deleted. I'll look into moving the photos somewhere else later.

My favourite thing about working in South Quay was when tall ships visited. It was less enjoyable when huge modern warships turned up and pointed their guns at the office where I worked.

(Edited to correct a word).

Edited to add a link to the one bigger picture I've managed to get on Imgur - http://imgur.com/gallery/5yIjLdz. Some more very compressed ones in the replies to this.

[–]victoriaj 158 points159 points  (23 children)

A couple of pictures here - http://imgur.com/gallery/EIZiVUi

[–]dysgraphical 117 points118 points  (14 children)

got anymore of em pixels?

[–]victoriaj 91 points92 points  (7 children)

Unfortunately they just get worse. It's huge, it's a very built up area. So lots of pictures of bits of a ship.


[–]space-throwaway 83 points84 points  (1 child)

Ngl, that is a beautiful ship.

[–]AerThreepwood 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I'd fuck it.

[–]RELAXcowboy 24 points25 points  (1 child)

The juxtaposition of the old school vessel with a background of a modern city scene is very appealing to me for some reason.

[–]Twitch_Half 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Absolutely, that shot of it reflected in the glass in particular is very pleasant.

[–]43rd_username 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Awesome thanks! That IS a beautiful ship.

[–]victoriaj 27 points28 points  (2 children)

At least one of the pictures at a decent size http://imgur.com/gallery/5yIjLdz

So annoying. They are not small pictures. They are huge data eating things I just can't link to directly.

[–]dysgraphical 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Hey no worries. They look fine! Thanks for sharing

[–]victoriaj 19 points20 points  (0 children)

And I've just realised the problem is that Imgur compressed them. I should not have tried to do this on my phone.

[–]mumblegum 37 points38 points  (4 children)

When I was probably 4 or 5 I toured a ship which I now think must have been the Vespucci during the Halifax Tall Ships Festival. It is a distinct childhood memory because I was manhandled by the Italian sailors who passed me up and down the ladders/ stairs like a sack of flour 😂

On a nicer memory we also went to the closing ceremonies and the Italian ship was really magnificent to my kid mind. I remember the sailors stood in the rigging as they sailed out of the harbour 😊

[–]Cowboy_Bombpop 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Were you left a broken lad on a Halifax pier?

[–]RainbowAssFucker 12 points13 points  (5 children)

Make an album on imgur

[–]victoriaj 9 points10 points  (2 children)

I'll just need to wait until I'm back on my computer rather than my phone.

[–]Danny_Tamberelli 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Haha holy shit. I was in London in 2013 and saw this ship. Had no idea what it was.

[–]Person-420-69-1312 4 points5 points  (1 child)

pointed their guns at the office where I worked.

Damn, what did you do to deserve that?

[–]modulusshift 132 points133 points  (52 children)

Kinda weird for a ship like that to be a modern invention. The US Navy still sails the USS Constitution for comparison, which actually is an 18th century ship.

[–]lasiusflex 126 points127 points  (24 children)

Apparently these ships are really good for team building and learning to work as part of a crew.

The German navy uses a similar ship to train naval officers, constructed in 1958.

[–]hombre_cr 54 points55 points  (10 children)

Fairly common across the globe, here it is our Venezuelan beauty (1978) https://primicia.com.ve/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/buque-escuela-simo%CC%81n-boli%CC%81var.jpg

[–]souIIess 20 points21 points  (3 children)

Beautiful indeed! I always love when the Tall Ships Race visits my town, a literal fleet of these beautiful ships from all across the world as they sail into port is really something:


Maybe this one has also participated?

[–]UNC_Samurai 58 points59 points  (6 children)

The Coast Guard liked the idea so much, they took a German sailing ship as a war prize.

[–]lasiusflex 26 points27 points  (1 child)

That one is actually a sister ship of the one the German navy uses.

[–]Mrs-Skeletor 18 points19 points  (6 children)

But they're so cool to see!! In 1998 my town hosted America's Sail. Which was like a car show, but for tall ships. And they tall ships docked in our port and gave tours and participated in races too. We got to see the Kalmar Nyckel, and Argentine Navy's Libertad.

I was 11 years old at the time and it was the coolest thing seeing old looking ships like this. I kept imaging what pirate ships were like as that was my connection to old ships. The amount of wood was what really stunned me. When we see big navy ships now, I feel like we typically think - metal, chrome, shiny, and hardcore plastic (probably not plastic). But these ships were wood. Lots and lots of wood!

Man, I'd really like to go to another one of these tall ships expo things again.

[–]TheMoves 4 points5 points  (8 children)

The Constitution is so goddamn cool, they still take her out and turn her around, actual military personnel are assigned to her, and her history is incredibly badass. So awesome that they keep her afloat and commissioned two and a quarter centuries later

[–]HippopotamicLandMass 65 points66 points  (1 child)

Independence only 3 years old - and wouldn't see the end of the century.

She entered service in 1959, was decommissioned in 1998, towed to Texas for scrapping in 2017, and was completely dismantled in 2019.

[–]aWgI1I 10 points11 points  (20 children)

What happened to the independence?

[–]bantha121 31 points32 points  (12 children)

She was decommissioned in 1998 and broken up in 2019

[–]aWgI1I 16 points17 points  (11 children)

Oh ok i thought the ship got attacked or something lol

[–]bantha121 25 points26 points  (10 children)

Someone more knowledgeable than me might chime in, but I think the only US ships to have been attacked since Vietnam are the USS Stark and the USS Cole. The reason why Independence left when she did is that the Navy was getting rid of their Forrestal-class carriers (their second-to-last class of conventionally-powered supercarriers).

ETA: looks like there have been at least three attacks on US ships (USS Stark, USS Samuel B. Roberts, and the USS Cole); thanks to /u/NouberNou

[–]rocky8u 20 points21 points  (5 children)

The US used to have a policy of maintaining 12 supercarriers. After the end of the cold war they reduced that number to 10 at a time. As they build new carriers they decommission the older ones. With the new USS Ford the first of the Nimitz-class carriers will be decommissioned (USS Nimitz).

Independence was decommissioned when the USS Truman was commissioned.

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    [–]aw3man 14 points15 points  (1 child)

    [–]wescott_skoolie 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    Come to find out I spent years driving by her every day while she was waiting to be cut up.

    [–]GrumpyOik 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    What happened to the independence?

    Decommissioned in 1998, mothballed, and finally broken up for scrap.

    [–]ruthsb 5934 points5935 points 25 (70 children)

    How is a literal ship out here getting better compliments than me.

    [–]NoMeansNoBillCosby_ 3558 points3559 points 324 (20 children)

    From the bottom of my heart: You are the most beautiful ship in the world

    [–]ruthsb 1518 points1519 points  (11 children)

    Haha, I'll take it. Thankyou.

    [–]MichaelGScottBot 260 points261 points  (3 children)

    Hey, Pam, Pam-- with this raise there are strings attached. And the string is attached from my heart to your mean attitude.

    [–]jaxonya 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Id set sail on your poop deck

    [–]letsjakeonit 62 points63 points  (2 children)

    You must be a piece of ship

    [–]WhateverGreg 15 points16 points  (0 children)

    Dude, you always talking ship. I mean, dam!

    [–]asumfuck 19 points20 points  (4 children)

    Youre gorgeous. I particularly like your little well kept mizzen ;)

    [–]CapYesterday 15 points16 points  (0 children)

    You should see the poopdeck!

    [–]Akumetsu33 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    He's got a nice tight crossjack.

    [–]f__h 17 points18 points  (0 children)

    You are breathtaking..!

    now let's kithth

    [–]actuallyaddison 13 points14 points  (2 children)

    I feel you. My partner left me for a catamaran right before New Year's.

    [–]VolsNotPorn 11 points12 points  (2 children)

    I thought that said “littoral ship”

    [–]RamenJunkie 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    You are the most beautiful /u/ruthsb on Reddit.

    (Also technically the ugliest, most mediocre, smartest, dumbest, bravest, most cowardly)

    [–]babaganate 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Hang out with more sailors

    [–]Renzieface 6181 points6182 points 24 (122 children)

    I ship it

    [–]netbie_94 3934 points3935 points 22 (78 children)

    They harbor feelings for each other.

    [–]nonamesareavailable2 1221 points1222 points  (67 children)

    How couldn't they? Just look at dat aft!

    [–]oiracisahpla 569 points570 points  (59 children)

    And damn, that mast is huuuuge

    [–]nonamesareavailable2 490 points491 points  (50 children)

    The Independence Is putting off some serious Big-Deck-Energy.

    [–]oiracisahpla 392 points393 points  (44 children)

    Do you think theyre gonna get nauti?

    [–]f__h 311 points312 points  (40 children)

    A ferry-tale ending

    [–]oiracisahpla 281 points282 points  (39 children)

    Are you shore about that?

    [–]jjdlg 189 points190 points  (38 children)

    No doubt a boat it

    [–]oiracisahpla 166 points167 points  (36 children)

    They found reel love

    [–]WizenedYoungMan 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Fucking Canadians lololol ❤️✌🏻

    [–]Subject-Delta- 32 points33 points  (1 child)

    They will get knotty indeed!

    [–]oiracisahpla 21 points22 points  (0 children)

    Their Kids will be boatifull

    [–]LilAttackPug 68 points69 points  (2 children)

    You all need a Stern talking to

    [–]Jessejia 34 points35 points  (1 child)

    they’re both wet just looking at each other

    [–]tempemailacct153 54 points55 points  (5 children)

    What are you doing step ship?

    [–]oiracisahpla 31 points32 points  (4 children)

    I literally can't stop laughing about all these puns.

    [–]Aeonzeldara 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    What are you doing step-boat?

    [–]Stunning_Reserve_183 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    So hard. And touchy to get on top.

    [–]UK-Redditor 49 points50 points  (2 children)

    "My hawse, or yours?"

    [–]tuggindattugboat 20 points21 points  (1 child)

    Awww this one’s gonna be under appreciated but I want you to know, it’s glorious

    [–]katerkline 21 points22 points  (0 children)

    You mean how could they naut?

    [–]UK-Redditor 48 points49 points  (0 children)

    Fallen for them head over keel.

    [–]nawchoman 41 points42 points  (1 child)

    They'll make a great pier.

    [–]Jagged_Rhythm 25 points26 points  (0 children)

    I sea what you did there.

    [–]mrjobby 127 points128 points  (1 child)

    Hull, yeah!

    [–]oiracisahpla 71 points72 points  (0 children)

    I did not sea that one coming.

    [–]Crimson_Excalibur 60 points61 points  (4 children)

    These thread is flooded with sea puns.

    [–]oiracisahpla 53 points54 points  (1 child)

    I think they're ferry good so far

    [–]Slimh2o 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Yes, they are. And just for the halibet, too....

    [–]Tandian 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    And I love it.

    [–]elitist_ferret 66 points67 points  (3 children)

    great now there's Seamen all over it's poopdeck

    [–]A_Roka 50 points51 points  (6 children)

    Came here to say this. Have my upvote.

    [–]infinitral 21 points22 points  (2 children)

    This man ships.

    [–]Renzieface 16 points17 points  (1 child)

    Woman, but yes. I ship this so hard. I'm shipping right now.

    [–]Tuuxxedoo 13 points14 points  (2 children)


    [–]Kanwarsation 33 points34 points  (0 children)

    upvote UPBOAT


    [–]UK-Redditor 16 points17 points  (0 children)

    Stern words.

    [–]Axes4Praxis 96 points97 points  (4 children)

    Improving international relation-ships.

    [–]baasighbur1986 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    Ship : The Ship.

    [–]letsjakeonit 439 points440 points  (40 children)

    Whenever I see posts like this I wonder, did this actually happen or is this just making shit up for random pictures on the internet? I hope it’s the former, of course

    [–]chizardbrains 190 points191 points  (19 children)

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lighthouse_and_naval_vessel_urban_legend Edit : accidentally posted this on the wrong thread - leaving it because it’s interesting

    [–]letsjakeonit 99 points100 points  (18 children)

    It’s an urban legend which does not prove this happened at all

    [–]daveinpublic 34 points35 points  (2 children)

    I mean, it’s not a very outlandish urban legend, it’s just someone saying their ship is beautiful.

    [–]WriterV 18 points19 points  (1 child)

    Well, it's more than that. It's two ships side by side and a story of one captain complimenting the other ship, depicted in a manner that feels like the start of a love story.

    It does work pretty well as an urban legend. Not a mysterious one, but one that sparks feelings of amusement and happiness.

    [–]JokerJoel 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    As someone who's been on ships since I was little it's definitely not uncommon to find very nice moments out there with other ships, especially when you're on a long voyage and didn't expect a ship showing up.

    [–]needlzor 54 points55 points  (2 children)

    I don't know how trusted the site is, but the Wikipedia page links to this page which says the same thing.

    [–]Eptagon 50 points51 points  (0 children)

    For what it's worth, it's a mainstream newspaper and not one of the overly "creative" ones.

    However, they don't list a source for the statement and I've learned not to trust their efforts in verifying what they (newspapers in general, not this one specifically) publish, both on paper or online.

    It might just be hearsay tossed in for flair.

    [–]Wild_Marker 28 points29 points  (0 children)

    It's very possible that they made it up, in 1962. Sailors make shit up all the time, and military propaganda is also a thing.

    [–]hull534 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    I don’t know about this one. But there is an almost identical story to this that DID happen. Back in 1935 when RMS Mauretania was on her way to the breakers to be scrapped, she passed the port of Amble in England. The port radioed “You are still the most beautiful ship on the seas” and Mauretania responded “to the last and kindliest port in England”. Amble still has the nickname of the “kindliest port”.

    [–]bolivar-shagnasty 401 points402 points  (54 children)

    [–]Renzieface 206 points207 points  (14 children)

    Yes. "God Bless Vespucciland" doesn't have the same ring to it though, so we went with the feminine version of the forename... for the aesthetic.

    [–]Ut_Prosim 45 points46 points  (2 children)

    Canada: The entire continent is Vespucciland, how come you guys get to be called Vespuccians.

    USV: SPUCCI! fuck yeah

    [–]stevo3001 37 points38 points  (1 child)

    I like the theory that they were named after the Welsh merchant Richard ap Meryk (Amerike), despite it probably being bollocks

    [–]areethew 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    America am byth apparently

    [–]WhoDatHowSo 47 points48 points  (30 children)

    I don’t expect the navy guys to know that at all

    [–]BreadyStinellis 96 points97 points  (28 children)

    Why not? Didn't we all learn that in, like, 4th grade?

    [–]WhoDatHowSo 33 points34 points  (20 children)

    You are assuming “we all” paid any attention in 4th grade...

    [–]grandpasmoochie 20 points21 points  (2 children)

    I remember...

    [–]mihaus_ 6 points7 points  (1 child)

    Well that's a big enough sample size for me!

    [–]BreadyStinellis 33 points34 points  (16 children)

    There is no way today is the first time you've heard the name Amerigo Vespucci.

    [–]whyarentwethereyet 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    The fuck is that supposed to mean

    [–]NursingGrimTown 485 points486 points  (28 children)

    <<dam girl u look hot>>
    <<aw thanks g>>

    Edit Woahwoahwoah wtf is the replies??

    [–]pierrethefox 144 points145 points  (5 children)

    So... did they hook up?

    [–]mrjobby 144 points145 points  (1 child)

    Like ships in the night

    [–]9200D8 20 points21 points  (0 children)

    They keep passing me by...

    [–]arachnidtree 204 points205 points  (24 children)

    "You change course, I am the aircraft carrier USS Independence"

    "You change course, I am a lighthouse"

    [–]councilmember 400 points401 points  (59 children)

    I miss that American spirit.

    [–]aikijo 294 points295 points  (39 children)

    Where we assumed the best in each other and our allies. Me too.

    [–]strangecabalist 217 points218 points  (37 children)

    Your allies miss it too.

    [–]Mrs-Skeletor 55 points56 points  (2 children)

    Don't make me cry please. I have to appear professional and unmoved at work.

    [–]qp0n 67 points68 points  (21 children)

    The American people still feel this way, the American government does not.

    [–]strangecabalist 42 points43 points  (0 children)

    We know.

    I love America and Americans! Fabulous people.

    [–]olsmobile 86 points87 points  (7 children)

    It's still there, just because the shitty stuff gets talked about more doesn't mean the good isn't there. Just look at the rover with components and research projects from all over the world.


    [–]illy-chan 48 points49 points  (3 children)

    Definitely. People look at history with such rose colored glasses partly because people didn't talk about the more screwed up stuff and certainly not constantly like we do now.

    Most folks are basically decent to each other - that's part of why shocking behavior sticks out like it does, our minds regard them as a dangerous aberration. Our survival instincts don't freak out when everyone acts like they're supposed to.

    [–]pinkycatcher 17 points18 points  (1 child)

    Right? This was in 1962, literally the same year that the first black student registered at the university of mississippi and he had to be escorted by federal marshals, a year after the bay of pigs when JFK tried to overthrow Cuba.

    [–]golfgrandslam 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    We’re trying to move back to it. A bit of work, some cooperation and good will, and we’ll get there. The western alliance will persevere.

    [–]crispygrapes 24 points25 points  (0 children)

    Awww, this truly did make me smile.

    [–]TribeFaninPA 17 points18 points  (3 children)

    USS Independence (CV-62) was a terrific ship. I was stationed on board Indy from 1987-1990, taking her from Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, to Norfolk, Virginia, and then around South America to San Diego. Like most Indy sailors, I shed a tear when she was towed to Texas a few years ago to be scrapped.

    [–]Jolkien-RR-Tolkien 19 points20 points  (3 children)

    Two lovers, forbidden from one another

    [–]ArcadiaXLO 6 points7 points  (2 children)

    I forget the rest of it, but then it goes


    SECRET RIVER, through the ocean!

    [–]porkman384 27 points28 points  (0 children)

    Prepare the poopdeck for the seamen.

    [–]geofflamps-porsche 27 points28 points  (0 children)

    Get a dock already

    [–]Thomas_anonymous 25 points26 points  (5 children)

    The sailing ship isn't nearly as dwarfed as I would expect it to be.

    [–]OpportunityDry3328 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    Came looking for ‘thats a huge sail ship’

    [–]mozartbond 10 points11 points  (2 children)

    The Vespucci is pretty large. I've seen it in person in Genoa, it's as large as a small building when you stand by it at the docks.

    [–]JLClark33 24 points25 points  (2 children)

    It's like a granddaughter telling her grandmother she's beautiful.

    [–]NextSnowflake 9 points10 points  (1 child)

    That thought draws a beautiful picture in my head.

    [–]Unknown_anonymity00 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    “Awww, thanks 😊 , I like to keep it classic, but I love your modern look!”

    [–]just_a_little_me 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    The Italian ship still exsist and serve still as a training ship

    [–]strangecabalist 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    I was thinking about this yesterday, provident to see it come up today,

    It really speaks to the passion that humans feel when we're engaged in a career we love.

    [–]DaCrazyJamez 8 points9 points  (1 child)

    Ooooh...My uncle spent three years building a model of this ship! After he passed, I inherited it, and have it in my living room above the TV. Pic: https://imgur.com/a/d7JcBw3 !!!

    [–]EgberetSouse 7 points8 points  (0 children)


    [–]wanderingstalker 7 points8 points  (1 child)

    When your playing civ v and use an exploit to advance your tech way past everyone else.

    [–]ohsinboi 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Oh look, its my Civilization coming across Ghandi with his nukes.

    [–]DovahkiinA19 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    "no, you're breathtaking!"

    [–]cicalino 3 points4 points  (4 children)

    Who took the picture?

    [–]willflameboy 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    "I'm old enough to be your great-grandmother".

    [–]rr777 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Fun fact. She also has diesel engines but moves faster under sail.