Archimedes Ships

This is a very neat mod for turning your ships/boats/yachts/balloons/etc into mobile vehicles. It’s a simple mod but ultimately adds function to that massive cruise ship you built but couldn’t move.

Ship Docked

The key component to this mod is the ‘Ship Marker’ block as any blocks attached to it will be considered part of your ship. So bear that in mind when building your ship and try not to attach it to your dock. The neat part of this mod is that the ship can be any size so long as the ship marker block is attached.

sailing ship


You can even turn your structures into balloons so long as 40% of the vehicle contains the added ‘Balloon’ block. With the same ASWD controls as the ship, along with Z and X to ascend or descend, you now have a functional airship any shape and size you desire.

Balloon Over City

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Archimedes Ships, 4.17 / 5 (652 votes)


  1. I tried this mod on my server about a year ago and it caused lag every tome a ship was launched. the lag would increase every time a ship was launched. it got so crippling we had to disable the mod. I loved the mod, though. has there been a fix since a year ago or is there a way around it? thanks!

    August 24, 2014
  2. The best transportation mod I tried so far !!!
    I’m using ClearLag on my server, anyone have an idea to make it work with this mod ?
    the Ship Helm ID is 165 but it keep removing the entity of the ship if it’s in entity state.
    Thanks guys.

    August 29, 2014
  3. I was just playing around with these in creative mode and every time I assemble a ship it turns it into one giant block that I can’t edit or even walk inside of when I put structures on it. Though it can still fly. Is there a way to fix that or is that strictly a creative mode thing?

    January 13, 2015
    • Mount the ship and the hit “\”. This will make the ship return to its individual blocks which you can edit.

      January 25, 2015
      • And how about if the ship has taken up trees and blocks and is glitching through other trees and tells me i can not disassemble ship? can i just blow it up and start over?

        February 8, 2016
      • Can’t.Can you give me a video showing how to do it?

        January 16, 2021
  4. @Game Face
    I don’t know any ways of fixing it, but it’s definitely not a creative mode thing, since all the ships i built were in Creative. Try checking for any other mods you might have installed.

    January 17, 2015
  5. mine wont fly help idk how to make it fly

    January 18, 2015
    • The vessel needs to be 40% balloon or higher, dude.

      March 1, 2018
      • mine is more baloons than ship now and my keybindings don’t show an up key just the down key (which works)

        September 2, 2018
        • Do you have any other mods that use the keybinds this mod uses? The keybinds of the mod might be used by other mods, effectively disabling them.

          March 6, 2021
  6. This mod is awesome! The only question i have is: is it possible to remove the building limit of 2048 blocks?
    Not that my ships are to small, it would be awesome if i could build them even bigger

    February 4, 2015
    • I agree, but some ships are very detealed and small, but I still agree.

      February 5, 2015
    • Yeah, or at least tell you how many blocks it is.

      February 10, 2015
  7. I just installed this Mod, but whenever I Mount the ship, it crashes and I can’t even get on the world. Fix plz? THNX

    March 2, 2015
    • Yeah whenever i mount a ship it crashes i think we are missing something or what how do you fix it.

      March 15, 2015
      • Weird… I don’t get that problem, howcome when everyone mounts it crashes? It doesn’t happen to me, but I made a mini-plane with this 😀

        October 27, 2015
  8. I want to fly them but I have to press x and I have Zens mini map on so I can’t press x how do u chang the buttions to fly PLZ help me

    March 30, 2015
    • If you change the zens mini map button to a different letter, then you can use x for flying. to change it, hit esc then options, then controls. scroll down until you see the button you want to change, click on where it says what button that is, and then press the button on your keyboard you want to assign it to, and your done!

      April 13, 2015
  9. Out of curiosity, are there other ways to power the engines? Like, is a solar power ship a viable option or is the one engine provided in the modpack the only thing you can use?

    April 2, 2015
  10. I’m trying to go into the config to change the block limit, but I get a message saying the file doesn’t have a program for it or something. Anybody know what to do?

    April 18, 2015
  11. Every time I try to mount a ship that I have assembled, my game crashes. Does anyone know why this is happening? It doesn’t matter if I’m in creative or survival, or how big the ship is, or whether it’s an airship or a boat. It just crashes. Wooden crates work though.

    April 29, 2015
  12. how do you use the wooden crate within the more recent updates?

    May 11, 2015
    • you push an animal or a creature on the crate and the animal \ creature will stick to the crate

      August 1, 2015
  13. does any one happen to know if there is a limit to how many blocks you can use because i made a small air ship and i can’t seem to make it any bigger but i have seen many people tern huge yachts in to air ships.

    October 18, 2015
  14. Hy excuse my bad english,

    If someone can help me, i have Archimedes’ Ships mod installed, and is awesome, but i have a problem, I can;t craft the engine, In the NEI mod if i shearch “engine”he found the item,but i don’t have recipe for it …. can enione tell me whi ?

    Thanx, and excuse my english

    October 28, 2015
  15. Do the airships work with redstone mechanisms? (aka dispensers, iron doors, etc.)

    January 18, 2016
  16. This is the BEST mod ever!! downloaded it a few years ago, then couldn’t find it anymore(Spent about an hour to find it again). LOVE the mod tho <3

    March 2, 2018