Too put it simply I like ships. Submarines, boats, Spaceships, everything I just think they're cool. So obviously this list has been inspired by nothing more than my own personal interest in both maned vehicles and fictional stories. I will say that this is a personal list and I certainly haven't seen all ships in popular Fiction and I'm sure I've left off certain ones that people love.
The way I ordered the ships was a mix of how powerful the ships are and how much I like them. Also all the ships had to carry more than one person, if I didn't use that prerequisite then there would be at least three different Gundam models and a lot of different fighters that would take up space on the list. And if you're a Star Wars fan you can go ahead and stop reading. =)
15. The Enterprise-E
The argument here can be made that why not pick the original Enterprise or even the Enterprise-D. The answer for me is quite simple. It looks bad ass. Not to mention that within the Star Trek universe it is one of the most powerful ship in the Federation fleet. And who hasn't imagined themselves on the on the bridge as Captain Picard shouted out orders as the ship is blasting away at the hull of a Borg cube. Oh hell yeah I'm that nerdy!
14. The Red October
Submarines are cool, Russian submarines are even cooler. The slick polished design inside the Red October almost feels like a cathedral which is emphasized by the singing scene in the film itself. Also the movie sets up this great atmosphere around the ship. Whenever the Red October is mentioned everyone gets this look of "oh shit." Of course this is all without even mentioning the, perhaps, best performance by Sean Connery.
13. The Black Pearl
I'm not that big of a fan of old school sailing ships but the first time I saw the first Pirates movie I fell in love with the Black Pearl. Sure the ship may be damned but that only gives it some personality, it made the ship interesting instead of being standard and run of the mill.
This is the first pick in which I decided to put it on the list because I would want to be part of the crew. To go on adventures and jobs with the crew of Serenity would be so much fun. The ship itself it also interesting and like the Black Pearl has a lot of character. If you've watched the show you would understand what I mean. Serenity is always breaking down and needing repairs but it becomes a home. For example the lounge room on Serenity isn't a stereotypical rec room as seen on endless other scifi ships but it has a couch you might see at a flea market and worn out rugs on the floor. Serenity isn't just a ship but a place that you can always turn to after a hard day of shooting people.
11. Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle is perhaps the most unconventional pick on the list. It's not so much a ship but a magical moving house. Miyazaki is one of the great directors of our time, and it's because of his boundless imagination. The castle itself is a great mix match between magic and the quirkiness of its own construction.
As a kid Seaquest was one of the shows I grew up on and absolutely loved. However as an adult I go back and watch the show and find very little to like. The nostaglia is still there of course and it succeeded as an mid 90's TV show that had more in common with Star Trek then what the creators actually intended. All that aside the ship Seaquest is remarkable. I have a fascination of what lies in our uncharted oceans and this is the ship you would want to discover what is in the unknown depths. Not only is the ship huge but has a sleek design on the inside and outside and has enough equipment for any kind of scientific research.
9. Moya (Farscape)
As living ships go it doesn't get better than Moya from the show Farscape. Again this is another pic where I would like to be a member of the crew. The world of Farscape is rich and dangerous but isn't scared of some good old slapstick humor. I have always been an avid watcher of the show and over the years you come to accept Moya as more than a ship but an actual character that you love. In other shows there is always the "the ship is being infected" episodes but when it happened to Moya you felt more about how the crew where going to save the day. She was more than just a ship but a living being who even gives birth at one point.
8. Battlestar Galatica
It's the Battlestar Galatica. It's just badass.
7. Glass House (Watchmen)
Now this the point on the list when the picks become a little more obscure. The glass house in Watchmen is created by Dr. Manhattan and serves as a metaphor for his shattered psych and serves as a representation of how the universe works like a huge clockwork watch that can break so easily. And sadly you have to be blue, experience time non-linearly, and manipulate matter to pilot this one of a kind ship. That's why it is on the list because it represents the power that Dr. Manhattan had and is a strong metaphor in a brilliant graphic novel.
6. The Sphere (The Fountain)
Other than being an amazing film The Fountain also gave us one of the most unique ships ever imagined. Its origin's are completely unknown and the speed at which it crosses the universe is staggering even amongst the other star ships already on this list. Not to mention that the very design of the ship gives the travelers a unique experience. Within its protective shell the travelers can almost touch space itself and experience a view that no other ship can provide.
5. The Event Horizon
This list wouldn't be complete without at least one ship that's been to Hell. The film "Event Horizon" isn't particularly good but it is fun to watch and has one of the coolest looking engines ever put to film.(Pictured below)
Definitely check this film out if you haven't.
4. The Nautilus
By all means the Nautilus is an absolute classic. Within the universe that Jules Verne had created nothing like the Nautilus was never even conceived and the fact that it existed made it a true wonder of the advancement of man. Most versions of the ship are amazing but I do prefer the classic Disney 60's version. Captian Nemo's quarters in that film are breathtaking, complete with large scary organ and a large window to watch sea life as it passes by.
3. The Heart of Gold(The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)
Now look here, if Vogons are aiming their sperm whale cannon's at you, you'll be glad that you have a nice cup of tea(at least I think it's tea) and a reassuring voice from the on board computer. And even though the ship is very relaxing on the inside there are a few problems. Mainly with its primary engine the Improbability Drive that subsequently crosses every point in the universe before dumping you off, hopefully, somewhere close to your destination. Other than that you can just have fun jumping across the galaxy as long as that robot Marvin does get you too depressed. Hey at least the doors are nice.
2. The Second Monolith(2001: A Space Odyssey)
What the Monolith is has been argued over for years. However it can be agreed upon is that it's powerful. I can also understand people saying that the monolith isn't a space ship, but that's where I tend to disagree. Remember Dave's famous line "My god, it's full of stars!" I believe he was experiencing the Universe all at once and what do regular ships do but help you travel and experience the universe around you. Easily this is the most powerful ship on the list and like The Sphere from The Fountain we have no clue to it's origins but if you want to explore the Universe as quickly as you can there is no better way to travel.
1. The TARDIS (Doctor Who)
As if you didn't guess it.
Sure it's a blue police box but the TARDIS is perhaps the second most powerful ship on the list, second only to the Monolith. However with the TARDIS you don't get any of that pesky mind altering experiences, you can take you time and enjoy where you end up. Also the TARDIS isn't just a point A to point B ship but also a time machine making the possibilities even more endless then they where before. Another plus is that you can change the interior to what ever fits you best so that way you don't get bored and surprise friends whenever they come over.
That's my list and I'm sticking to it. Feel free to suggest other ships.
For certain, you have to be lost to find a place as can't be found. Elseways, everyone would know where it was.
-Captain Barbossa read