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29th Jun '16 7:11:08 AM Nippertipper
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As has been established, SpaceIsAnOcean, and in fiction, naval and maritime terms are often applied to spaceships. Some works, however, take things further, and make their characters go Space Sailing on literal ships [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]]! The reason for this? The RuleOfCool, and nothing else.

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As has been established, SpaceIsAnOcean, and in fiction, naval and maritime terms are often applied to spaceships. Some works, however, take things further, further beyond metaphors, and make their characters go Space Sailing on literal ships [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]]! The reason for this? The RuleOfCool, and nothing else.
17th Jun '16 11:31:40 AM Theriocephalus
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* This is the whole point of the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} setting. In this case, it isn't interstellar space so much as inter''[[AnotherDimension planar]]'' space. Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that the whole thing is done by [[AWizardDidIt magic]]. Also, sails only provide maneuverability -- conventional means of propulsion has the same performance when strapped on almost any object of acceptable size.

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* This is the whole point of the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} setting. In this case, it isn't interstellar space so much as inter''[[AnotherDimension planar]]'' space. Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that the whole thing is done by [[AWizardDidIt magic]]. Also, sails only provide maneuverability -- conventional means of propulsion has the same performance when strapped on almost any object of acceptable size.
8th Jun '16 9:36:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* In TheBookOfTheNewSun, the spaceships of the Hierodules are described in terms almost identical to nautical vessels, with decks, sails, and rigging. They are almost certainly not supposed to look like nautical ships (for example, Tzadkiel's ship has a series of decks all around the ship, rather than deck, sides and keel) but the reader must struggle to escape that impression given Severian's habit of not drawing distinction between nautical and space-going ships.

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* In TheBookOfTheNewSun, ''Literature/TheBookOfTheNewSun'', the spaceships of the Hierodules are described in terms almost identical to nautical vessels, with decks, sails, and rigging. They are almost certainly not supposed to look like nautical ships (for example, Tzadkiel's ship has a series of decks all around the ship, rather than deck, sides and keel) but the reader must struggle to escape that impression given Severian's habit of not drawing distinction between nautical and space-going ships.
7th Jun '16 3:29:31 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* As does the ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', and the ''Rugger Guard" from ((Anime/DairuggerXV((. (Known to U.S. audiences as Vehicle ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''.)

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* As does the ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', The ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' and the [[Anime/{{Macross}} its successors]] also have an aircraft carrier look.
* The aircraft carrier-esque
''Rugger Guard" Guard'' from ((Anime/DairuggerXV((. (Known ''Anime/DairuggerXV'', known to U.S. audiences as Vehicle ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''.)
17th May '16 5:50:44 AM Piando
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* The "Oceans Unmoving" storyline in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. This one wasn't space either, but flying sailing ships in a place outside time itself, which sailed above the frozen oceans of the title.
** This one was an interesting variation in that, although the ships' hulls looked like those of sailing ships, they could have masts ''on the bottom'' as well with additional sails.
* ''[[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/cousinted/oits/series.php Oceans in the Sky]]'' features, very prominently, a sailing ship capable of space travel as a plot point.
* [[spoiler:Grandpa]]'s battleship in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', though The Medium [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace is not exactly space]]. The white and black armies have such ships as well.
* In [[http://www.bigheadpress.com/pk Phoebus Krumm]] thanks to "S-fields" starships are open-topped sail ships with no electronics on board. Not really any explanation why they're open aside from the field containing the atmosphere, and it seems like a rather bad idea since the field vaporizes organic matter that comes into contact.
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* The "Oceans Unmoving" storyline in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. This one wasn't space either, but flying sailing ships in a place outside time itself, which sailed above the frozen oceans of the title.
** This one was an interesting variation in that, although the ships' hulls looked like those of sailing ships, they could have masts ''on the bottom'' as well with additional sails.
* ''[[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/cousinted/oits/series.php Oceans in the Sky]]'' features, very prominently, a sailing ship capable of space travel as a plot point.
* [[spoiler:Grandpa]]'s battleship in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', though The Medium [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace is not exactly space]]. The white and black armies have such ships as well.
* In [[http://www.bigheadpress.com/pk Phoebus Krumm]] thanks to "S-fields" starships are open-topped sail ships with no electronics on board. Not really any explanation why they're open aside from the field containing the atmosphere, and it seems like a rather bad idea since the field vaporizes organic matter that comes into contact.
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20th Jan '16 5:53:38 PM LordOfTheSword
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* Michael J. Martinez's ''[[Literature/TheDaedalusSeries]]'' is set in an AlternateHistory where an [[{{Alchemy}} alchemical invention]] made in the late 15th century allows ordinary sailing ships to fly through space. The story follows the adventures of an 18th century British naval officer who is employed on a perfectly ordinary wooden, sail-driven frigate -- that happens to be en route to the planet Jupiter.

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* Michael J. Martinez's ''[[Literature/TheDaedalusSeries]]'' ''[[Literature/TheDaedalusSeries The Daedalus Series]]'' is set in an AlternateHistory where an [[{{Alchemy}} alchemical invention]] made in the late 15th century allows ordinary sailing ships to fly through space. The story follows the adventures of an 18th century British naval officer who is employed on a perfectly ordinary wooden, sail-driven frigate -- that happens to be en route to the planet Jupiter.
7th Jan '16 1:14:22 PM nombretomado
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* A follow-on novella to DavidDrake's ''Literature/RanksOfBronze'', "Delenda Est Carthago" by EricFlint features the newly created space navy of Terra, based on stolen [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum technology]] brought back to 21st century Earth by the survivors of Crassus' Roman legions. Said technology included a warp drive and DeflectorShields which would also work to keep the air in, resulting in humanity's first space fleet consisting of converted submarines, frigates, carriers and battleships, pulled from the waves and into space. The battleship ''Missouri'''s part of the action was particularly reminiscent of ''UchuuSenkanYamato''. There was, however, one ship included in honour of the returned Romans: a restored Roman galley. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny The fleet commander was constantly infuriated by the fact the galley's crew were still rowing]].

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* A follow-on novella to DavidDrake's ''Literature/RanksOfBronze'', "Delenda Est Carthago" by EricFlint features the newly created space navy of Terra, based on stolen [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum technology]] brought back to 21st century Earth by the survivors of Crassus' Roman legions. Said technology included a warp drive and DeflectorShields which would also work to keep the air in, resulting in humanity's first space fleet consisting of converted submarines, frigates, carriers and battleships, pulled from the waves and into space. The battleship ''Missouri'''s part of the action was particularly reminiscent of ''UchuuSenkanYamato''.''Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato''. There was, however, one ship included in honour of the returned Romans: a restored Roman galley. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny The fleet commander was constantly infuriated by the fact the galley's crew were still rowing]].
5th Dec '15 5:34:54 PM Odacon_Spy
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5th Nov '15 9:00:40 AM nombretomado
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* Jason Aaron's ''[[TheMightyThor Thor: God of Thunder]]'' run features Thors from the past, present, and future sailing through the heavens together in a Viking longboat named Skithblathnir. Gorgeous art, plus [[FlyingSeafoodSpecial space sharks]].

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* Jason Aaron's ''[[TheMightyThor ''[[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor: God of Thunder]]'' run features Thors from the past, present, and future sailing through the heavens together in a Viking longboat named Skithblathnir. Gorgeous art, plus [[FlyingSeafoodSpecial space sharks]].
31st Oct '15 2:09:48 PM StFan
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* Particularly abundant in the Leijiverse--the anachronistic vehicles are partially what give the shows their charm.
** ''UchuuSenkanYamato'' takes place aboard a risen-from-the seas and retrofitted-for-space WorldWarII battleship Yamato.

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* Particularly abundant in the Leijiverse--the Leijiverse; the anachronistic vehicles are partially what give the shows their charm.
** ''UchuuSenkanYamato'' ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'' takes place aboard a risen-from-the seas and retrofitted-for-space WorldWarII battleship Yamato.



* The Hyper Galaxy Dai-Gurren from ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' looks much like a ''HUGE'' aircraft carrier.
** As does the Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross, and the ''Rugger Guard" from Anime/DairuggerXV. (Known to U.S. audiences as Vehicle {{Voltron}}.)

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* The Hyper Galaxy Dai-Gurren from ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' looks much like a ''HUGE'' aircraft carrier.
** * As does the Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross, ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', and the ''Rugger Guard" from Anime/DairuggerXV.((Anime/DairuggerXV((. (Known to U.S. audiences as Vehicle {{Voltron}}.''Anime/{{Voltron}}''.)



* ''CrossboneGundam'' has the Mother Vanguard, which has broadside beam cannons, a sail that mounts more cannon plus missiles and a high-speed flight system, and a masthead statue of a woman made of gold. This fits with the series' general pirate aesthetic, even if the ship was built before the heroes decided to become {{Space Pirate}}s.

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* ''CrossboneGundam'' ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'' has the Mother Vanguard, which has broadside beam cannons, a sail that mounts more cannon plus missiles and a high-speed flight system, and a masthead statue of a woman made of gold. This fits with the series' general pirate aesthetic, even if the ship was built before the heroes decided to become {{Space Pirate}}s.



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* The Fhloston Paradise hotel in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' actually does double as both a space and a (hovering-just-above-the-) sea vessel. It looks like a futuristic version of a steam paddle boat. The steam-stacks, however, may be just for show -- it is a luxury toy meant for the amusement of rich tourists, after all.

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* The Fhloston Paradise hotel in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' actually does double as both a space and a (hovering-just-above-the-) sea vessel. It looks like a futuristic version of a steam paddle boat. The steam-stacks, however, may be just for show
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* There is a B-Movie called ''Film/MessageFromSpace'', which has this very thing, but takes it to the extreme. These space sailors are wooden Renaissance-era ships! Oh, and it also includes HumongousMecha, PlanetLooters, SpacePirates, and even a planet with ''rocket engines''! Also has a musket-toting [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot droid]].



* ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'' featured the Axiom, a "Starliner" with a design evoking that of a sea-going cruise ship.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'' ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' featured the Axiom, ''Axiom'', a "Starliner" with a design evoking that of a sea-going cruise ship.



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* The Fhloston Paradise hotel in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' actually does double as both a space and a (hovering-just-above-the-) sea vessel. It looks like a futuristic version of a steam paddle boat. The steam-stacks, however, may be just for show -- it is a luxury toy meant for the amusement of rich tourists, after all.
* There is a B-Movie called ''Film/MessageFromSpace'', which has this very thing, but takes it to the extreme. These space sailors are wooden Renaissance-era ships! Oh, and it also includes HumongousMecha, PlanetLooters, SpacePirates, and even a planet with ''rocket engines''! Also has a musket-toting [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot droid]].
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has not only the new series ChristmasEpisode "[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned Voyage of the Damned]]", one of the aforementioned Space Titanics, but also the 1983 Fifth Doctor serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E5Enlightenment Enlightenment]]", where he and his companions find themselves on board a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Edwardian ship in space, powered via solar sails, which is participating in a race around the planets, along with other such ships from different periods from human history, including a Greek trireme...with ''rowers''.
** Voyage of the Damned could be justified, though, since the aliens purposely made it to look like the Titanic, and many other spaceships in the series look nothing like boats. In other words, it doesn't look like a boat because space is an ocean, it looks like a boat because they wanted it to. The aliens, that is, not just the script writers.
* ''Series/StarFleet'' gives us the Skull, a space going pirate ship complete with sails.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has not only the ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The
new series series' ChristmasEpisode "[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned Voyage [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned "Voyage of the Damned]]", Damned"]] features one of the aforementioned Space Titanics, but also the 1983 Fifth Doctor serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E5Enlightenment Enlightenment]]", where he and his companions find themselves on board a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Edwardian ship in space, powered via solar sails, which is participating in a race around the planets, along with other such ships from different periods from human history, including a Greek trireme...with ''rowers''.
** Voyage of the Damned
Titanics. It could be justified, though, since the aliens purposely made it to look like the Titanic, ''Titanic'', and many other spaceships in the series look nothing like boats. In other words, it doesn't look like a boat because space is an ocean, it looks like a boat because they wanted it to. The aliens, that is, not just the script writers.
* ''Series/StarFleet'' gives us ** In the Skull, 1983 serial [[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E5Enlightenment "Enlightenment"]], the Fifth Doctor and his companions find themselves on board a space going pirate SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Edwardian ship complete in space, powered via solar sails, which is participating in a race around the planets, along with sails.other such ships from different periods from human history, including a Greek trireme... with ''rowers''.



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* ''Series/StarFleet'' gives us the Skull, a space-going pirate ship complete with sails.
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* This was the whole point of the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} setting. In this case, it wasn't interstellar space so much as inter''[[AnotherDimension planar]]'' space. Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that the whole thing is done by [[AWizardDidIt magic]]. Also, sails only provide maneuverability -- conventional means of propulsion has the same performance when strapped on almost any object of acceptable size.
* The Eldar of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'''s ships use solar sails for propulsion, which means that if you play as them in the space combat spin-off, ''BattlefleetGothic'', you'll have to keep track of which side of the table is sunward and adjust your movement rates accordingly.
** In the regular 40k, Dark Eldar skimmers fit the trope to a T. Especially fifth edition ones released in November 2011.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'': Spaceships discusses solar sails. You can even give space boats wooden hulls if the setting demands it or the characters are incredibly desperate.
** One example is the Star Galleon which uses astral sails to move through space and designed to sail on a normal sea.

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* This was is the whole point of the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} setting. In this case, it wasn't isn't interstellar space so much as inter''[[AnotherDimension planar]]'' space. Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that the whole thing is done by [[AWizardDidIt magic]]. Also, sails only provide maneuverability -- conventional means of propulsion has the same performance when strapped on almost any object of acceptable size.
* The Eldar of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'''s 40000}}'':
** The Eldar's
ships use solar sails for propulsion, which means that if you play as them in the space combat spin-off, ''BattlefleetGothic'', ''TabletopGame/BattlefleetGothic'', you'll have to keep track of which side of the table is sunward and adjust your movement rates accordingly.
** In the regular 40k, game, Dark Eldar skimmers fit the trope to a T. Especially fifth edition ones released in November 2011.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'': Spaceships discusses solar sails. You can even give space boats wooden hulls if the setting demands it or the characters are incredibly desperate.
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desperate. One example is the Star Galleon which uses astral sails to move through space and is designed to sail on a normal sea.



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* The Creator/DouglasAdams game/novel ''StarshipTitanic'', one of the aforementioned Space Titanics. This particular ship also got a mention in ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything''.
* The {{RPG}} ''RogueGalaxy''.

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* The Creator/DouglasAdams game/novel ''StarshipTitanic'', ''VideoGame/StarshipTitanic'', one of the aforementioned Space Titanics. This particular ship also got a mention in ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything''.
* %%* The {{RPG}} ''RogueGalaxy''.''VideoGame/RogueGalaxy''.



* Aetherships in ''{{VideoGame/Lusternia}}'' allow players to fly through [[VoidBetweenTheWorlds aetherspace]]. Since aetherships are customized entirely by the player who owns them, they run the gamut from hi-tech spaceships, to [[CoolAirship airships]], to pirate ships, and even floating stately homes!
* In ''{{VideoGame/Spore}}'', a space ship can be designed like a boat, jet-ski, submarine, tank, blimp, or a solid cube, and still function the same.

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* Aetherships in ''{{VideoGame/Lusternia}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Lusternia}}'' allow players to fly through [[VoidBetweenTheWorlds aetherspace]]. Since aetherships are customized entirely by the player who owns them, they run the gamut from hi-tech spaceships, to [[CoolAirship airships]], to pirate ships, and even floating stately homes!
* In ''{{VideoGame/Spore}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'', a space ship can be designed like a boat, jet-ski, submarine, tank, blimp, or a solid cube, and still function the same.



* ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' featured a spaceship designed to look like an eighteenth-century [[SpacePirates pirate ship]] assaulting a spaceship designed to look like a nineteenth-century cruise liner. Also, the Klunkian ([[AlternateCompanyEquivalent not Klingon]]) warship resembles a Viking longship, complete with oars.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', the Space Titanic episode "A Flight to Remember". It survived Zapp Brannigan's decision to take it through a field of comets ("Ah, yes, comets, the ice-bergs of the sky!"), but then he had to steer it near "that black-ish, hole-ish thing". Also, a Dark Matter Tanker appears in "The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz" and a Pirate ship at the beginning of "Godfellas".

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' featured features a spaceship designed to look like an eighteenth-century [[SpacePirates pirate ship]] assaulting a spaceship designed to look like a nineteenth-century cruise liner. Also, the Klunkian ([[AlternateCompanyEquivalent not Klingon]]) warship resembles a Viking longship, complete with oars.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the Space Titanic episode "A Flight to Remember". It survived Zapp Brannigan's decision to take it through a field of comets ("Ah, yes, comets, the ice-bergs of the sky!"), but then he had to steer it near "that black-ish, hole-ish thing". Also, a Dark Matter Tanker appears in "The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz" and a Pirate ship at the beginning of "Godfellas".
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