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Ships are vessels that travel across water. In the heavily oceanic world, ships are a very common mode of transportation.


Many of the ships that exist in the world are based on the classic sail designs, but there are also ships ranging from the size of massive islands down to tiny one man ships. There are a variety of uses for ships: pirate ships, Marine ships, and ships for civil purposes. Ships are often built and repaired by shipwrights, such as the Galley-La Company in Water 7.

Known Types of Ships

  • Caravel (カラベル Karaberu?): A small ship that is faster and agile due to its size, though fragile. The Going Merry was a caravel.[1]
  • Galleon (ガレオン Gareon?): A large, multi-storied ship with armed cargo. The Dreadnaught Sabre was a galleon.[2]
  • Cruise ship (客船 Kyakusen?): A luxury ship meant for passengers to enjoy a sea-based voyage. The Orbit was a cruise ship.[3]
  • Raft (丸太舟 Marutabune?): A small makeshift boat with logs of wood tied together. The first ship the Blackbeard Pirates had was a gigantic raft.[4]
  • Ark (方舟 Hakobune?): A very large ship meant to carry a huge number of passengers, usually meant for salvation purposes. Maxim[5] and Noah[6] are both arks.
  • Brig sloop (ブライグスループ Buraigu Surūpu?): A battle ship that relies on the skills of the navigator. The Thousand Sunny is a brig sloop.[7]
  • Submarine (潜水艦 Sensuikan?): A watercraft primarily designed to operate underwater, running on engines instead of sails for propulsion. The Polar Tang is a submarine.[8]

Pirate Ships

Pirate ships can have various sizes, reaching from very large examples such as the Moby Dick and Thriller Bark to small rafts, like the one used by the Blackbeard Pirates and the Coffin Boat used by Dracule Mihawk.

Many pirate ships have figureheads that resemble certain animals (the Going Merry is a prominent example for this). Usually, the motif of the respective pirate flag is printed on the main sail, and the figurehead also reflects the crew's symbol. Due to their combat purpose, almost every pirate ship has several cannons on board.

According to Tom, there are no specific plans for a pirate ship. A ship is a ship, and how it is used by its crew determines whether it is a pirate ship or a marine ship. This was demonstrated when the Going Merry, which was meant to be a personal luxury ship for Kaya, was given to the Straw Hat Pirates, turning it into a pirate ship; or when Krieg first stole a Marine ship and turned it into his first pirate ship, then attempted to take the ocean-going restaurant Baratie into his new flagship.

Known Pirate Ships

Marine Ships

Like pirate ships, there are different types of Marine Ships with varying sizes, though most of them are bigger than the average pirate ship. The Marines also have ice-breakers for reaching islands in colder climates.[9] Furthermore, they have a vast amount of cannons and other weaponry on board. Unlike on most pirate ships, the cannons can be adjusted for a better aiming. The steering wheel is located on the foredeck of the ship. They also have judicial ships, which are sea-faring courthouses.

Other Ships and Boats

Ghost Ships

A Ghost Ship (幽霊船 Yūrei-sen?) is a ship that is seen sailing the sea without a crew. Several ghost ships have been encountered by the Straw Hat Pirates during their journey at sea. When the Dreadnaught Sabre first returned from the Grand Line, the chefs of Baratie claimed that it looked like a ghost ship due to its damaged state.

One ghost ship was a massive vessel that fell from the sky several hundreds of years after the death of its crew. The ship, whose origin was identified as the kingdom of St. Briss, was eventually investigated by the Straw Hat's and a salvage team lead by Masira, leading to the Straw Hats to eventually head towards the White Sea and discover the mysteries of the land of Skypiea.

Another ghost ship was encountered upon entrance in the Florian Triangle. This ship was the former ship of the Rumbar Pirates, where all of its crew were dead save one: the former captain and musician Brook, who lived alone due to the power of his Yomi Yomi no Mi reviving him after his death.

Immediately after encountering the Rumbar ship, the Straw Hats encountered a "literal" ghost ship called Thriller Bark. Lead by Shichibukai member Gecko Moria and his Mysterious Four, the ship was home to a menagerie of creatures including zombies revived by his Kage Kage no Mi and ghosts created from the Horo Horo no Mi of Moria crewmate Perona. Aside from Moria and Perona, Absalom and Doctor Hogback were the only literally living beings on the ship aside from all the victims, zombies and ghosts.

While the Flying Dutchman shares the appearance of a ghost ship, and shares the name of a famous real life ghost ship, its crew are very much alive.


  • While privateers were given their ships by their countries, many pirates actually stole their ships, or refused to return them when their privateering license was annulled. It was common practice for pirate crews to swap ships when it suited them, getting a bigger and better ship than the one they sailed on; some may even have kept an extra ship to increase their fleet and threat size. However, pirates often simply burned ships of ill-favored owners and towns.
    • Fittingly, Krieg and Gasparde both hijacked Marine Ships to begin their pirate careers. When Krieg's flagship was heavily damaged, he plotted to sink it himself and take over the Baratie as a replacement.

See also


  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 5 Chapter 41 and Episode 17, The Going Merry is confirmed to be a caravel-class ship.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 6 Chapter 46 and Episode 21, Sanji confirms the Dreadnaught Sabre is a galleon.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 7 Chapter 56 and Episode 26, The Orbit makes its debut in Sanji's flashback.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 235 and Episode 152, The Blackbeard Pirates on their raft.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 29 Chapter 272 and Episode 178, an escaped Enforcer reveals Enel's plan.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 62 Chapter 608 (p. 9) and Episode 527, Noah made its debut.
  7. One Piece Manga — Vol. 88 Chapter 881 (p. 6-7), Nami confirms the Thousand Sunny is a brig-sloop.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 578 (p. 18-19) and Episode 487, The Polar Tang makes its debut at Marineford.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 596 and Episode 514, a Marine ice breaker is seen in Barujimoa.

External Links

  • Culture Express - A recent case of a ghost ship.
  • Ghost ship – Wikipedia article about Ghost Ships.
  • Mary Celeste – Wikipedia article about Mary Celeste, arguably the most famous ghost ship of all.

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