Ship WoW

A boat in Stranglethorn Vale.


Boat leaving Theramore.

Boats, also known as ships or sea vessels, are a form of transportation, mostly in use between Alliance ports, but also between some neutral ports. The Horde equivalent is the zeppelin airship, although some docked Forsaken ships have appeared in Northrend. Boats stay docked for exactly 60 seconds, then depart.

In patch 2.3.0, transport ships were crewed by NPCs. Unfortunately, the vendors did not work as intended and the crews were removed in a hotfix on 12/06/07.[1] The crew and guards returned in the Wrath of the Lich King beta, and with patch 3.0 on live realms.

Ship routes


Cataclysm Boat and Zeppelin Route Map

Eastern Kingdoms ↔ Kalimdor
Eastern Kingdoms ↔ Northrend Wrath-Logo-Small

7 minutes and 23 seconds)

Kalimdor ↔ Azuremyst Isle Bc icon
Kalimdor ↔ Sardor Isle (route removed in Patch 4.0.3a Cataclysm-Logo-Small)
Northrend Wrath-Logo-Small

Named vessels

Alliance ships

Third Fleet

Northwatch Expeditionary Unit

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Horde ships

The Windrunner Fleet

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Other Azerothian ships

Kael'thas Sunstrider's Dawnblade

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Blackwater Raiders ships

Bloodsail Buccaneers ships

Southsea Freebooters ships

Other Northrend ships

Northsea Freebooters

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Kalu'ak Turtle Fleet

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Kvaldir ships

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Scarlet Onslaught

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Silver Covenant

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Unnamed vessels


Zone Location Coordinates Notes Screenshot
Azuremyst Isle Veiled Sea, The [33, 31]
The two Alliance Naval ships floating south of Odesyus' Landing. Azuremyst Isle Alliance Naval ships
Azuremyst Isle Veiled Sea, The [28, 33]
The high elven ship buried on the southern part of Silvermyst Isle. Azuremyst Isle Highelven ship
Barrens Merchant Coast, The [65, 39]
The sunken transport ship nearby Ratchet. Sunken ship near ratchet
Bloodmyst Isle Hidden Reef, The [34, 15]
The two sunken ships off the northern coast. Bloodmyst Isle Human wreck
Bloodmyst Isle Bloodcursed Reef, The [83.8, 19.5]
The six sunken ships (5 human / 1 high elven) off the eastern coast of Wyrmscar Island. Bloodmyst Isle Human ship Bloodmyst Isle Highelven ship
Darkshore Mist's Edge [55, 13]
Gelkak Gyromast's wrecked high elven ship in northern Darkshore. Darkshore Highelven ship
Darkshore Long Wash, The [32, 45]
Elura's wrecked high elven ship below the docks of Auberdine. Darkshore Auberdine Highelven ship
Desolace Sar'theris Strand [35, 16]
The sunken high elven ship southeast of Ranazjar Isle. High Elven ship near Ranazjar Isle
Durotar The nine sunken ships off the eastern coast. Boat Ship Underwater Wreckage
Dustwallow Marsh Theramore Isle [67, 58]
[76, 56]
The two Theramore deserter ships, one docked in town at the farthest dock, the other moored on a tiny island southeast of Theramore Isle. Theramore deserter ship1
Dustwallow Marsh Tidefury Cove [61, 66]
The wrecked high elven destroyer. Dawn Runner
Dustwallow Marsh Tidefury Cove [57, 62]
The sunken Alliance warship southwest of Nat's Landing. It is crawling with makrura. Human ship in dustwallow
Dustwallow Marsh Dustwallow Bay [58, 46]
The sunken Alliance ship. Human ship in dustwallow 59-47
Dustwallow Marsh Alcaz Island [69, 22]
The wrecked high elven destroyer. Highelf destroyer1 in dustwallow
Dustwallow Marsh Dreadmurk Shore [59, 13]
The wrecked high elven destroyer located among the islands. Highelf ship -Dustwallow
Tanaris Great Sea, The [75, 27]
The pair of ships in the distance off the eastern coast. They appear to be a pirate ship and an Alliance ship in service to the Goblins firing cannons at each other. Both are on fire. Ships to the east of tanaris
Tanaris Lost Rigger Cove [75, 47]
The two Southsea Pirates ships and one under construction. Southsea pirate ships Southsea pirates ship under construction
Thousand Needles Shimmering Flats [82, 55]
The high elven ship. 1000Needles Highelven ship

Eastern Kingdoms

Zone Location Coordinates Notes Screenshot
Arathi Highlands Drowned Reef The elven destroyer wreck lying very close to the Spirit of Silverpine.
Eversong Woods Sunsail Anchorage [31, 68]
The docked blood elf ship belonging to Captain Kelisendra. Eversong Woods blood elf ship
Eversong Woods Sunsail Anchorage [34, 68]
[31, 67]
The two high elf sunken destroyers. Eversong Woods high elf ship01
Ghostlands Shalandis Isle [10, 23]
The moored night elf ship. Ghostlands night elf ship
Isle of Quel'Danas Sun's Reach [49, 27]
The docked night elf ship, that first brought the Shattered Sun Offensive to Quel'Danas. Nightelf ship on Isle of Quel'Danas
Silverpine Forest North Tide's Run [37, 29]
The wrecked ship. Silverpine Forest shipwreck
Stranglethorn Vale Vile Reef, The [29, 32]
Hecklebury Smotts' first ship lying in the ocean, west of Grom'gol Base Camp, next to Smotts' Revenge, his second ship. Hecklebury Smotts first ship
Stranglethorn Vale Vile Reef, The [25, 30]
A sunken high elven destroyer west of Grom'gol Base Camp. STV highelven shipwreck
Swamp of Sorrows Forbidding Sea, The [95, 23]
A rotting human ship that has probably been here for a long time. Human wreck - Swamp of sorrows - 95-23
Tirisfal Glades North Coast, The [67, 26]
The wrecked high elven destroyer off the northern coast. Tirisfal Glades Highelven ship
Westfall The seven crashed boats lining the shore, including one lying on very deep water. One of them is Captain Grayson's pirate ship.
Westfall Deadmines The Defias Brotherhood juggernaut located inside. Juggernaught top-view


Zone Subzone Coordinates Notes Screenshot
Twisting Nether [60.9, 34.5]
A wrecked ship once docked with Kirin'Var Village. Twisting Nether wrecked ship


Zone Subzone Coordinates Notes Screenshot
Dragonblight Forgotten Shore Scattered along the coast are several human ships, damaged beyond repair. They are most likely the remains of the boats used in Arthas' pursuit of Mal'ganis.
Grizzly Hills Venture Bay [0, 0]
A docked Horde ship captained by Captain Zorna.
Grizzly Hills Venture Bay [0, 0]
A docked Alliance icebreaker captained by Captain Brightwater.
Grizzly Hills Venture Bay [0, 0]
A docked Venture Company ship.
Grizzly Hills Venture Bay [0, 0]
An anchored Horde Lumberboat.
Grizzly Hills Venture Bay [0, 0]
An anchored Alliance Lumberboat.
Howling Fjord Frozen Sea, The A Forsaken Destroyer with all Forsaken Crew slain and overrun with Kvaldir trying to retrieve a stolen Artifact Undead destroyer WoW
Howling Fjord Frozen Sea, The Scattered throughout the sea floor and surface lies many unnamed vessels, mostly of human design.

Boat types

Boat types appearing in World of Warcraft

Name Description
Alliance Transport Seen extensively throughout Azeroth, transport ships are employed by both the Alliance and the Steamwheedle Cartel (and various pirate entities). They employ a barque sail plan (three masts with square sails) with jibs and gaffs and have no prominent weaponry. Their sails would make them suited to open ocean sailing along many points, but at the cost of requiring more crew to man the square sails. Ship WoW
Frigate Frigates are the warship of choice for the pirates of Azeroth, although surprisingly there are only a few to be found in the service of the Alliance (most notably at Venture Bay). These ships employ brig sail plans, but appear to lack jibs or gaff sails, both of which would contribute greatly to the maneuvering and speed of these craft without increasing the crew requirements to man the sails. With just square sails, these ships would have poor performance sailing against the wind or maneuvering in battle. In realistic terms, these ships would only qualify as brig sloops because of their small armament. Some confusion over whether these are actually battleships has arisen, but their sail plan has more in common with Warcraft III human frigates. Crimson Veil
Pirate Destroyer A new warship based on the mesh of the Transport with a gun deck. They can be found patrolling near Scalawag Point.
Freighter A type of cargo vessel that can be found in Venture Bay outfitted with cranes for handling lumber. Somewhat similar to the Oil Tanker of the Second War; possibly a multipurpose type that can be outfitted for various tasks. Driven by stern paddlewheel.
Goblin Submarine A type of submersible that can be found in Vashj'ir. Its design draws parallels to a leviathan. Goblin Submarine
Gnomish Submarine A type of submersible that can be found in Vashj'ir. Its design draws parallels to a fish, with a giant drill machine. Gnomish-submarine
Orcish Vessel More information coming soon.
Forsaken Vessel It is based on the Pirate Destroyer. More information coming soon. Vengance landing undead ship
Vrykul Longboat More information coming soon. Kvaldir ship on Sea Reaver's Run
Darnassian Caravel Employed principally by the night elves of Darnassus, these ships are similar in size and capacity to transports. Built around a lateen sail, they can be seen frequently plying the waters off the west coast of Kalimdor. Their sail plan does not require an extensive crew but can be a liability on the high seas and dangerous in storms, a problem that would be exaggerated by its high sterncastle. The-moonspray
Elven Destroyer A mainstay of the Second War, the trimaran destroyers of Silvermoon continue to be a common sight in the northern waters. While they do not mount heavy weaponry, their ramming prows and versatile junk rigging make them fierce opponents at sea. Their rigging would put them at a disadvantage for raw speed (partially offset by their hull configuration) but at a significant advantage for maneuvering in most wind conditions. BlizzCast-Sunwell3
Alliance Icebreaker A relatively new invention, icebreakers appeared with the resurgence of Alliance activity in Northrend. Equipped with sturdy armored prows for icebreaking and backup brig rigging, they represent the resurgence of Alliance naval supremacy in the aftermath of the third war. Like frigates, their incomplete sail plan would put them at a disadvantage were it not for their steam powered paddlewheels. Steamship in Menethil Harbor
Orcish Juggernaught Once the centerpiece of the Horde's naval power, juggernaughts today are but a fading memory. Only one surviving ship of the type is known to exist, hidden away in a secret dock in the mines south of Moonbrook. Having basically no significant sails to speak of these ships were dependent on steam power to move. Juggernaught side-view
Elven Cutter Time has not been kind to the ships of this class. Built during the days of the high elves, and featuring the prominent unicorn sails commonly employed by ships of Silvermoon before their downfall, these were at one time a common sight in the waters of Azeroth. No longer. No surviving member of this ship type have yet been found, and those wrecks that exist to be found are typically mangled so that no conclusive information can be drawn about their full sail plan. All that can be said for sure was that they were reasonably small craft with armored prows suitable for ramming. Dawn Runner

Patch changes

  • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): The crews have returned.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Hotfix (2007-12-06): "The vendors on the Boats and Zeppelins throughout Azeroth have run out stock and shut up shop, they are no longer able to service you with their wares."
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Boats that carry players are now populated with NPC crews, some of which are vendors. The boats also now rock side-to-side while moving.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.7.0 (13-Sep-2005): Some of the ship paths have been modified.


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