Created By: CrankyStorming on September 30, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on July 21, 2015

A Ship To Call Home

The ship is fitted to look like a house

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So you've got a ship that's going to take you and the crew a long way from home for a long time. How do you keep hold of all your home comforts? Take them with you.

Whether the crew will just miss home, the captain was put-off by the plain aesthetic of other ships, the production couldn't afford to build a proper ship interior or it just looks nice, this ship looks like the sort of place one would want to live their lives in. It might not be the Starship Luxurious, but it's cozy and has all the mod-cons.

Not to be confused with Living Ship or Cool Ship.


Examples:

Live-Action TV
  • The Tardis from Doctor Who is a borderline example. The Control Room is either clinical and science-y (old series) or strange and vaguely steam-punky (8th Doctor onwards). However, other parts have been shown to be more comfortable, such as the drawing room in the "TARDIS" adventure game which resembles a Victorian gentleman's study. In the series proper we also see that there's a swimming pool and art gallery. From time to time companions' bedrooms are shown which tend to to be relatively homely and filled with personal effects.
  • On Top Gear, Clarkson once tried his hand at car renovation in a segment he called "Quaint My Ride," where he tried to make a luxury car more like a bungalow by adding wooden floors, a comfy chair, a wood-burning stove, and other things that really don't belong in a moving vehicle.

Web Original
  • In To Boldly Flee, The Nostalgia Critic's house is converted into the USS Exit Strategy (ie: they fitted it with sciencey stuff they stole from Dr Insano). Seeing this, General Zod decides they've got the right idea and orders Turrell to turn his spaceship into a house.

Western Animation
  • In the first Wallace & Gromit short, the duo build a rocket in their basement and decorate its cabin with wallpaper and comfy chairs.
  • Invader Zim's house is a spaceship.

Real Life
  • A Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is large enough to effectively function as a small floating city, including facilities like sports grounds and cinemas.

Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • September 30, 2012
    normp571
    In Invader Zim Zim's house is a ship.
  • September 30, 2012
    remande
    The Tardis is this to a T.
  • September 30, 2012
    NimmerStill
  • September 30, 2012
    aurora369
    Serenity, anyone?
  • October 1, 2012
    CrankyStorming
    @remande The Tardis does not look homely one bit, it's all wacky and alien. @aurora369 Don't we describe the Serenity as "a clapped-out, rusty cargo transport"?
  • October 6, 2012
    DracMonster
    Home Sweet Boat as a possible alternate title. ("Ship" is heavily associated with Shipping Tropes.) Although I guess that wouldnt work with space ships.
  • October 6, 2012
    mdulwich
    ^^ Depends which bit. The TARDIS Control Room is either clinical and science-y (old series) or strange and vaguely steam-punky (8th Doctor onwards). However, other parts have been shown to be more comfortable, such as the drawing room in the "TARDIS" adventure game which resembles a Victorian gentleman's study. In the series proper we also see that there's a swimming pool and art gallery. From time to time companions' bedrooms are show which tend to to be relatively homely and filled with personal effects.
  • October 8, 2012
    Howezat
    There are plenty of Real Life examples. A Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is large enough to effectively function as a small floating city, including facilities like sports grounds and cinemas.
  • October 8, 2012
    Generality
    On Top Gear, Clarkson once tried his hand a car renovation in a segment he called "Quaint My Ride," where he tried to make a luxury car more like a bungalow by adding wooden floors, a comfy chair, a wood-burning stove, and other things that really don't belong in a moving vehicle.
  • October 10, 2012
    aurora369
    2CrankyStorming: that's on the outside. On the inside, it's quite cozy.
  • April 11, 2014
    Ominae
    Is it still in progress?
  • April 11, 2014
    DAN004
  • April 11, 2014
    CrypticMirror
    Houseboats. The entire point of a houseboat is that it is a boat fitted out like an ordinary house (also an incredibly common use of decommissioned narrowboats and canal barges).

    Also link to Houseboat Hero
  • April 11, 2014
    DracMonster
    • In the Touhou manga Silent Sinner in Blue, Patchouli designs a rocket to reach the moon by reading some books about the Apollo moon missions without understanding the context behind the information. The result is a vaguely rocket-shaped cottage. (It's space-worthy, since her Insane Troll Logic is perfectly valid in Gensokyo.)
  • July 14, 2015
    Ominae
    Some of the surviving Assassins in the Assassin's Creed franchise are based in the freighter Altair II as a mobile base and headquarters after their base in the United Arab Emirates was compromised due to assassin turncoat Daniel Cross.
  • July 15, 2015
    randomsurfer

  • July 15, 2015
    Snicka
    For me, Boat Sweet Home rolls better than Home Sweet Boat, but that's just my personal taste.
  • July 15, 2015
    Ominae
    In some of the Gundam series, the ship they use to seek refuge in end up as their temporary home. Depending on circumstances, it changes to their permanent home.
  • July 16, 2015
    robinjohnson
    Why not Boat Sweet Boat?
  • July 20, 2015
    randomsurfer
    None of BSB, BSH or HSB say anything about the ship being homey, just being a home. In Moby Dick the sailors plan to live on the boat for two years or more, yet it's not homey.
  • July 20, 2015
    TairaMai

    • Russian Typhoon class submarines had a sauna. Some even had arcade machines. American subs have a spaces where the crew can relax and (somewhat) customize.
  • July 20, 2015
    TairaMai
    Live Action Television

    • Star Trek The Next Generation had the USS Enterprise feel more like a mall or small town than a warship. That was deliberate on the part of Gene Roddenberry. There were schools on board for all the children of the crew. The Battle of Wolf 359 would show what happened when the Borg attacked the fleet: dozens of escape pods crammed with familes desperate to flee attacking Borg cube.
      • An episode of Star Trek Deep Space Nine had another Galaxy-class ship drop it's families on Deep Space 9 before following Capt. Sisko into the Gamma Quadrant. Good thing too, the Dominion destroy it.
  • July 21, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    The current name just refers to living on the ship, not that some make it like their home.
  • July 21, 2015
    DrNoPuma
    Definitely not to be confused with Shipping.
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