September 22, 2023

Top 10 Biggest Ships 2020

On August 24, 2020, the LEGO® Group released the Creator 3-in-1 Pirate Ship (31109) and a new Ninjago Destiny’s Bounty (71705) in Canada. Additionally, earlier this year we got Pirates of Barracuda Bay. As mast and sail ships, all qualify for my list of the top 10 biggest ships of 2020. Not only that, they knock three ships off the previous list. I published the original list in March 2019. However, in light of these new sets, the list needs an update. Incidentally, I have included all themes in which a mast and sail ship appeared. As such, Pirates, Creator, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Ninjago are all included. Without further ado, here are the top 10 biggest LEGO® ships of 2020.

10. The Black Pearl

Top 10 biggest ships: the Black Pearl
The Black Pearl (©1989 – 2020 The LEGO® Group).
  • SET #: 4184
  • THEME: Pirates of the Caribbean
  • BRICK COUNT: 804
  • YEAR: 2011
  • NOTES: This set came with four exclusive Minifigures: Davy Jones, Bootstrap Bill, Maccus, and the entirely black Minifigure figurehead.

09. Black Seas Barracuda

Black Seas Barracuda
Black Seas Barracuda (©1989 – 2020 The LEGO® Group).
  • SET #: 6289 (also 10040)
  • THEME: Pirates
  • BRICK COUNT: 909
  • YEAR: 1989
  • NOTES: One of the most popular Pirate ships, this set was re-released in 2002 as set # 10040, with 906 pieces. It is also the first pirate ship the LEGO® Group produced.

08. Skull’s Eye Schooner

Top 10 biggest ships: Skull's Eye Schooner
Skull’s Eye Schooner (©1989 – 2020 The LEGO® Group).
  • SET #: 6286
  • THEME: Pirates
  • BRICK COUNT: 912
  • YEAR: 1993
  • NOTES: This set came with four cannons, but could actually house eight.

07. Queen Anne’s Revenge

Queen Anne's Revenge
Queen Anne’s Revenge (©1989 – 2020 The LEGO® Group).
  • SET #: 4195
  • THEME: Pirates of the Caribbean
  • BRICK COUNT: 1094
  • YEAR: 2011
  • NOTES: Queen Anne’s Revenge was actually a real pirate ship. It was the flagship of the infamous Blackbeard from November 1717 until May 1718.

06. Pirate Ship

Top 10 biggest ships: pirate ship
Pirate Ship (©1989 – 2020 The LEGO® Group).
  • SET #: 31109
  • THEME: Creator 3-in-1
  • BRICK COUNT: 1260
  • MINIFIGURES: 3 + 1 skeleton
  • YEAR: 2020
  • NOTES: This set features two alternate builds in addition to the ship. You can also assemble an inn and a skull island with the same bricks. Additionally, the set features an iron-peg-legged captain.

05. Imperial Flagship

Imperial Flagship
Imperial Flagship (©1989 – 2020 The LEGO® Group).
  • SET #: 10210
  • THEME: Creator Expert
  • BRICK COUNT: 1664
  • YEAR: 2010
  • NOTES: This ship was built with removable deck sections so that you could access the cannons and galley below decks. Even though it was technically a Creator Expert set, the ship was clearly designed with the Imperial Guards logo, and based on the pirates theme. As such, it is the largest classic “Pirates” ship produced to date.

04. Destiny’s Bounty

Top 10 biggest ships: Destiny's Bounty (2020 edition)
Destiny’s Bounty (©1989 – 2020 The LEGO® Group).
  • SET #: 71705
  • THEME: Ninjago
  • BRICK COUNT: 1781
  • YEAR: 2020
  • NOTES: Based on the ship from season one of the Ninjago series, this ship does not float. It flies! However, it still features a mast and sails. Additionally, the sails rotate.

03. Silent Mary

Silent Mary
Silent Mary (©1989 – 2020 The LEGO® Group).
  • SET #: 71042
  • THEME: Pirates of the Caribbean
  • BRICK COUNT: 2294
  • YEAR: 2017
  • NOTES: While not really a “ship” anymore, the Silent Mary is certainly the remnants of one! This set comes with two undead sharks that are large enough to consume a Minifigure!


Top 10 biggest ships: Destiny's Bounty (2017 edition)
Destiny’s Bounty (©1989 – 2020 The LEGO® Group).
  • SET #: 70618
  • THEME: The Ninjago Movie
  • BRICK COUNT: 2295
  • YEAR: 2017
  • NOTES: This ship features removable levels that allow access to all of the interior rooms, including a training dojo, bathroom, and bedroom. There is also a functioning winch for the anchors. Click here to read my review of this set.

01. Pirates of Barracuda Bay

  • SET #: 21322
  • THEME: Ideas
  • BRICK COUNT: 2545
  • MINIFIGURES: 8.5 + 2 skeletons
  • YEAR: 2020
  • NOTES: This set is part of the LEGO® Ideas theme. However, the story included with the set is an extension of the Pirates story from the ’80s and ’90s. Even Captain Redbeard is the same. Additionally, the shipwreck in the set is faithfully based on the Black Seas Barracuda, and is easily converted into the ship. Click here to read my review of this set.

There is actually one ship that is larger than all of the others on this list. As with the previous iteration of the Top 10 Biggest Ships, I debated adding it. However, an honorable mention needs to go out to the Sea Cow (70810). This was Metalbeard’s ship in the LEGO® Movie. The set has 2741 bricks. I am reluctant to include it in the official list due to its steampunk influence. Otherwise, that is it for the top 10 biggest ships of 2020. What are your thoughts? Feel free to comment below or reach out on social media.

Until next time,


Sea Cow (©1989 – 2020 The LEGO® Group).

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