A newly built ship
, or other large named vehicle
is christened with the name of another vessel, one that has been previously destroyed. This is done to demonstrate a profound attachment the ship crew had to their old ship, but simultaneously serves as a bad omen regarding the new ship's fate
In Nautical Folklore
, naming a ship after a vessel chiefly remembered for having bad luck is considered taboo. Probably few shipbuilders would be consciously believing in superstition; they would be believing that few passengers would get on. Likewise few passengers would be consciously believing this. Still it would somehow "not be proper" to launch a second Titanic
. See Do Not Taunt Cthulhu
Sister trope of Dead Guy Junior
Anime and Manga
Film -- Animated
- Reinforce and Reinforce Junior in Mobile Suit Victory Gundam. Notably, the original starship wasn't "sunk" but disassembled and its parts were recycled in the construction of the new ship.
Film -- Live-Action
- In Flushed Away, Rita's beloved ship the Jammy Dodger sinks. The movie ends with the launching of the Jammy Dodger II.
- This happens at least twice in Star Trek movies:
- At the end of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock the Enterprise is destroyed. At the end of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home the crew is assigned to a newly built Enterprise.
- The opening of Star Trek: Generations takes place aboard the maiden voyage of the USS Enterprise-B, and has Kirk, Scotty and Chekov of the two previous Enterprises as honorary guests. At the end, the Enterprise-D is mostly destroyed (the saucer section lands on a planet and can't be recovered). At the beginning of the next movie, Star Trek: First Contact, the crew is aboard the new Enterprise-E. This is even lampshaded:
Beverly Crusher: So much for the Enterprise E.
Jean-Luc Picard: We barely knew her.
Crusher: Think they'll build another?
Picard: There are plenty of letters left in the alphabet.
- Rescue from Gilligan's Island, the first Reunion Movie. After the crew rescues themselves, everyone tries to return to their old lives. The Skipper uses his insurance money to buy a new boat, naming it Minnow II, and restarts his charter buisness. They have a reunion cruise. Guess what happens.
Live Action TV
- Enforced in the Honor Harrington universe by the Royal Manticoran Navy's Roll of Honor. Ships that are destroyed in a valiant action have their names placed on the of Honor. Traditionally, there is always a serving ship bearing every name on the list, and when one is removed from service its name is given to a new ship under construction, with all battle honors passing to it.
- In one of the Doctor Who Christmas specials, an intergalactic cruise liner which transports alien tourists to Earth is named Titanic in honor of one of the most famous vessels in Earth's history. Aside from the doctor, the only person aware of the name's significance is the Big Bad, who named the vessel and intends for it to crash into London.
- The Benny Hill Show: Benny as Fred Scuttle is being interviewed about a rocket ship he's built in his backyard.
Scuttle: We're going to the moon in that! Indestructible the Second!!
Interviewer: What happened to Indestructible the First?
Scuttle: It fell apart, sir.
- Babylon 5 is the fifth and last of the Babylon space stations. The first four blew up or disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
- ''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine': During the push to Cardassia, after the destruction of the USS Defiant, the USS Sao Paolo is delivered to DS9 as a replacement. Along with the vessel came a special dispensation from the Chief of Starfleet Operations to change the vessel's name to USS Defiant.
- The first Defiant-Class USS Defiant is itself an example of this, since it was named after the Constitution-Class USS Defiant from Star Trek: The Original Series.
- The BBC Radio sci-fi sitcom The Spaceship is set on board a ship called the Really Invincible II. The original Really Invincible... wasn't.
- After the SSV Normandy SR-1 is destroyed in the opening cutscene of Mass Effect 2, Shepard and Joker name their new ship Normandy SR-2. It is strongly implied that the decision was a no-brainer.
- There were actually three starships named GameStar in Raumschiff GameStar: the first was trapped in a Stable Time Loop in season one, the second, destroyed during season three finale, and the third, blown up in the "Grand Finale" of the series.
- It is quite common for navies to name new ships after older ones after the older ones are destroyed or, more likely, retired. For example, there have been eight United States Navy ships (if you include the Continental Navy, the navy of the United States during the American Revolutionary War) named USS Enterprise. And if you go back even further (beginning 1705), fifteen ships of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Enterprise (or HMS Enterprize).
- Professional land speed record hoder Art Arfons named each of his vehicles the Green Monster.
- Someone is actually building a Titanic II. As an identical duplicate of the first using 21st century technology.