A Viking ship that was discovered in a burial mound in Norway in the 18th century, the Gokstad is one of the best-known surviving examples of the kind of vessel the Scandinavian Vikings would have used for battle, trade and transportation of people and goods.
Captained by Sir Francis Drake, the Golden Hind was the first English ship to circumnavigate the globe. The Hind sailed from Plymouth in December 1577 and returned in September 1580, bearing treasures worth an estimated £600,000 – equivalent to around £25 million in modern currency.
At six times bigger than any other ship of her time, Brunel's 'Great Babe' was an engineering wonder that took 50 years to be surpassed in size.
Initially launched as a Royal Navy warship in 1938, HMS Belfast saw action throughout World War II, and the Korean War. One of the largest and most powerful cruisers in the Royal Navy in its heyday, it is now a museum ship permanently moored on the River Thames, attracting over a quarter of a million visitors per year.
For over four decades, Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia acted as the floating residence for The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family, carrying them all over the world during their many overseas tours. Retired in 1997, she is now permanently moored at Ocean Terminal Leith in Edinburgh as an exhibition ship.
The technology behind sea travel continues to develop at a more rapid rate than ever before. At DFDS Seaways we're proud to be a part of the rich history of commercial sea travel by making continental travel faster, more convenient and accessible to all.
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