The Largest Ships in the World

Year

Ship

Company

Gross Tonnage

1838-1839 Great Western Great Western Steamship Co. 1,340
1839-1840 British Queen Br. & Am. Steam Navigation
Co.
1,862
1840-1845 President Br. & Am. Steam Navigation
Co.
2,366
1845-1854 Great Britain Great Western Steamship Co. 3,270
1854-1860 Himalaya P&O Lines 3,438
1860-1901 Great Eastern Great Steamship Co. 18,915
1901-1903 Celtic White Star Line 21,035
1903-1904 Cedric White Star Line 21,035
1904-1906 Baltic White Star Line 23,884
1906-1907 Kaiserin Auguste Victoria Hamburg-Amerika Line 24,581
1907 Lusitania Cunard Line 31,550
1907-1911 Mauretania Cunard Line 31,938
1911-1912 Olympic White Star Line 45,324
1912-1913 Titanic White Star Line 46,328
1913 Olympic * White Star Line 46,359
1913-1914 Imperator Hamburg-Amerika Line 52,226
1914-1922 Vaterland Hamburg-Amerika Line 54,282
1922-1935 Majestic White Star Line 56,551
1935-1940 Normandie ** Compagnie Générale
Transatlantique
79,280
1940-1997 Queen Elizabeth Cunard White Star Line 83,673
1997 Destiny Carnival Cruise Line 101,353
1997-1999 Grand Princess Princess Cruises 109,000
1999-2000 Voyager of the Seas Royal Caribbean 137,276
2000-2004 Explorer of the Seas Royal Caribbean 137,308
2004-2006 Queen Mary 2 Cunard Line 148,528
2006-2008 Freedom of the
Seas
Royal Caribbean 154,407
2007-2008 Liberty of the
Seas
Royal Caribbean 154,407
2008- Independence
of the Seas
Royal Caribbean 160,000

* After the Olympic’s post-Titanic disaster refit, she actually surpassed the Titanic’s 46,328 gross tons as she emerged with 46,359 gross tons before the Imperator entered service in June, 1913. Thereby, she again became the largest ship ever built.

** The Queen Mary had a gross tonnage greater than the Normandie’s original 79,280 tons, but before the Queen Mary entered service, the Normandie had her tonnage increased to 83,423 tons. Therefore, the 81,235-ton Queen Mary never was the largest ship in the world.

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