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Captains,

Here is a fun list of ship nicknames - historical ones that is. Some of them apply to WoWs as well I guess - so checking what we have in game.

 

Obviously, picking the... Err... Publishable ones. including sisterships, obviously, or it would be a short list. 

 

"Big Ben" — USS Franklin (Essex Class)
"The Big J", "The Black Dragon" — USS New Jersey (Iowa Class)
"Decrepit", "Dry I", "Evil I", "Fighting I" - USS Intrepid (Essex Class)
"Happy Valley" – USS Valley Forge (Essex Class)
"Holiday Express", "Holiday Inn" - USS Bunker Hill (Essex Class)
"Hotel Yamato" - Yamato
"Indy" - USS Independence (Well, it is for CV-62, but comes naturally :))
"The Blue Ghost", "Lady Lex", "The Gray Lady" – USS Lexington
"The Big Risk", "Mighty O", "The O-boat", "Toasted O" - USS Oriskany (Essex Class)
"Mighty Mo" - USS Missouri (Iowa Class)
"Mighty Moo" – USS Cowpens (Independence Class)
"The Old Lady" — HMS Warspite

"Rusty W" - USS Washington (North Carolina Class)
"Sara", "Sorry Sara", "Sister Sara", "Stripe-Stack Sara", "Suckin' Sara", or "Sara Maru" - USS Saratoga (Lexington Class)
"Showboat" - USS North Carolina
"Swayback Maru" - USS Salt Lake City (Pensacola Class)
"Saint Pauline" – USS Saint Paul (Baltimore Class)
"Vinny" - USS Vincennes (CA-44) (New Orleans Class)
"Weavy" — USS West Virginia (Colorado Class)
"Wisky" — USS Wisconsin (Iowa Class)
 

:honoring:

 

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"The Grey Ghost" "Lucky E" "The Big E" "The Galloping Ghost" - USS Enterprise CV-6 (Yorktown Class)

 

I know it's not ingame yet, but you can't forget one of the US Navies most decorated Carrier of WW2

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It's mostly american ships that get nicknames, gee I wonder why :trollface:

 

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Well Royal Navy has also a very nice collection - looking forward to RN ships coming in game :hiding:

 

In the meantime, enjoying the Showboat.

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It's not quite the same thing, but I'll give it a try.

 

In the Regia Marina at least a few people (including Admiral Alberto Da Zara) called the four modernized battleships of the Cavour and Duilio classes "Voronoff" (but I think it was hardly a compliment).

 

The nickname came from Serge Voronoff, a Russian doctor who lived in France (pretty near to the Italian border, where I live) and who gained notoriety for being able to rejuvenate people thanks to... well, certain odd surgical ways.

Look it up for yourself: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serge_Voronoff

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The Toothless Terrors: Dido-class cruisers Scylla and Charybdis, armed with 4in AA guns due to a lack of 5.25in turrets that armed the rest of ships in the class.

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is it not right that the USS Missouri got the Nickname "Big Stick" too? :)

or is it only a Product of the Movie "Battleship" ?

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Found The Big Stick used for USS Theodore Roosevelt, because... Well, he coined the phrase about diplomacy :honoring:

 

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They are not exactly nicknames but Yukikaze was "the unsinkable ship" and Hibiki was "phoenix."

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The one that always sticks in my mind is HMS Pepperpot AKA HMS Penelope.

 

She was called pepperpot because she had so many holes shot in her.

 

And my father's first cousin served on her.

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If I'm not mistaken, HMS Renown and HMS Repulse were nicknamed Refit and Repair because of their many visits to the dockyard.

 

Also, Nelson and Rodney were known as Nelsol and Rodnol, because of their odd shape that made them look like oil tankers!

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Before I joined my first submarine there was an incident on it of a sexual nature between an Officer and a Leading Rate. This was in the days when homosexuality was still an offence in the British Armed Forces. I'm not going to state the official name of the boat, but one of the more popular nicknames of the submarine in question from then on was "The Love-Boat". :girl:

 

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after all the events happened around her, its weird that William D. Porter hadnt got a nick...  XD

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The big D :trollface:

HMS Repair

HMS Refit

Mobil Chernobyl

Sressex 

Tin Duck

Uproarious 

 

Damn these are good ones

 

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HMS Albion (R07) "The Old Grey Ghost of the Borneo Coast"

 

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HNLMS Flores and HNLMS Soemba - "The Terrible Twins" 

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HIJMS Kaga - "Yakitori Seabird Roaster". Her initial design used long funnels to drag the exhaust from her machinery (located amidships) to the stern. Turned out to be a bad idea, as the rising heat and smoke interfered with landing (Kaga was slower than Akagi, for whom this might have worked) and also distributed the heat through the ship, particularly the crew quarters. Even after Kaga was refitted into a single-deck carrier (as completed, she had three flight decks) with a downward-facing side funnel amidships, the problem with the heat never quite went away, so the name stuck.


 

The Roaster's heat pipes.

The Roaster's heat pipes.
 

HIJMS Kongo - "Old Bones", (apparently) an alternate name for the Grim Reaper, due to her gunners being surprisingly accurate and either disabling or sinking the ships she targeted.


 

HIJMS Hosho - "Mother of all Carriers"/"Fleet Mother" from the fact that she was the first keel-up purpose-designed aircraft carrier commissioned worldwide. (HMS Argus was converted from an incomplete ocean liner, USS Langley was a converted collier, and HMS Hermes entered service 13 months after Hosho.) Most pilots in the IJN learned carrier operations on her and working with her also help formulate IJN carrier doctrine (such as it was). Also a partial pun, as the japanese term for aircraft carrier litterally translates to "aviation mothership".


 

HIJMS Yukikaze - "Lucky Yukikaze" or "Unsinkable Yukikaze". This Kagero-class destroyer might have been lucky for those that served on her, but not so much for the other ships she escorted. Also known as "Shinigami" ("Ferryman") due to seeing lots of her charges and comrades to death (famously scuttling Hiei due to a communications mix-up and being the sole operational survivor of Operation Ten-Go [Hatsushimo survived as well, but hit a mine outside Myazu Bay and had to beach herself; Suzutsuki lost her bow and steamed back to Sasebo in reverse, Fuyutsuki returned to Moji, but also hit a mine underway] and saluting USS Johnston as she went down.)


 

HIJMS Fuso and Yamashiro - "Unlucky/Defective Sisters". Over their careers, these two spent more time being modernized and refitted than actually doing warship things. Turns out their designs were rather flawed, so much so that Ise and Hyuuga (who were planned to be the third and fourth ship of the Fuso-class) were redesigend so much that they became their own class. Somewhat justified: all the modernizations left them with 45-meter-tall superstructures and their only moment of fame was getting mulched in the Battle of Surigao Strait, which was like a Boss Level from "I Wanna Be The Guy".


 

HIJMS Ashigara - "Hungry Wolf". The Myoko-class heavy cruiser attended the coronation fleet review of King George V. A reporter present at the event described her as "a lean wolf, always hungry for battle and victory" as a critisism of the living conditions aboard. Her crew took it as a compliment, and the name stuck.


 

HIJMS Hibiki - "The Phoenix" from surviving a war of terrible attrition for destroyers, although this was mostly down to luck: during the times where there were DD-eating battles being fought, Hibiki was busy being repaired, refitted, or under routine maintenance.

 

EDIT: Fixed faulty Information regarding Hatsushimo.

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HMS, Courageous,Glorious and Furious.  Collectively known as "Curious, Spurious and Outrageous" before they were rebuit as carriers in order to turn them into something actually useful.

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There was also the tendency of calling the first six Condottieri-type cruisers (the one with very high speed and practically no armor) in an unflattering way that emphasized this little issue...

 

"Cartoni animati" - it can be literaly translated either as "animated cartoons" (this is how we call toons in Italy), but also "animated cartons" (because there was only carton between the crew and an enemy shell).

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MS Kielimuuri for Finnish Navy training ship Axel von Fersen. The name means "language barrier" because the Swedish speaking officer trainees are usually stationed on her.

Puuhamaa (name of a Finnish amusement park) for the Pohjanmaa, the previous flagship.

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For the Royal Navy nicknames I have this list from Burt, R and a few other sources.
Burt, R. (2012). British battleships, 1919-1945. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press.

Thunderer (Orion Class) - Thunder Guts

Tiger - Tigs

Iron Duke - The Dook or Iron Duck
King George V (1913) - HMS Never-Budge
Ajax - The Queen of Hearts
Centurion - Century or Cento

Royal Sovereign - Royal Quid or Tiddly Squid

Resolution - Rolling Ressie or Reso

Royal Oak - Old Oak

Ramillies - Mutton Chop

Queen Elizabeth - Bessie, Lizzie or Nessie

Warspite - Warspider, Grand Old Lady, Old Lady or Woodpecker

Repulse - Beecham

Hood - The Mighty 'ood or 'Ood of thought it

Nelson - Nellie or Nelsing

Rodney - Rodo

Duke or York - Duck of York

Howe - Anyhow

Anson - 'Andsome

Furious - Curious

Glorious - Laborious

Courageous - Outrageous

Illustrious - Lusty

 

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Nelson - Nellie or Nelsing

Rodney - Rodo

 

 

Do not forget Nelsol and Rodnol. Well, they DID look like tankers from profile :P

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