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Going Merry in One Piece


The Straw Hat Pirates' first full-sized ship was the Going Merry, which they used as their primary method of transportation through the East Blue and the Grand Line until Water 7. The crew frequently referred to it as just Merry. Merry, a servant of Kaya, initially created it and presented it to the Straw Hat Pirates as a reward for protecting Syrup Village from the Black Cat Pirates.


The crew gradually came to appreciate it as a home and a friend, to the point where she eventually established a life of her own and became an actual crew member. The Thousand Sunny, a ship designed specially by Franky (and the Galley-La Company) to preserve the "soul" of its predecessor, replaced the Merry after it was destroyed.


All About Going Merry


Name

Going Merry

First Appearance in Anime

One Piece Episode 17 "Completely Infuriated! Kuro vs. Luffy, Final Battle!"

First Appearance in Manga

Chapter 41 “To the Sea”

Completion date

January 22nd

Status

Destroyed

Affiliations

Straw Hat Pirates

Origin

East Blue


Merry’s Past


Merry first had the idea for The Going Merry around two years after Gol.D.Roger was put to death, or roughly at the same time Shiki escaped from Impel Down. The Going Merry was presented by Kaya as a thank-you gift for rescuing her from her caretaker Kuro following Syrup Village's victory over the Black Cat Pirates.


Going Merry in digitally coloured manga.


Merry originally built the ship as a luxurious vessel for Kaya, and it flew flags with his emblem on them until the Straw Hat Pirates' insignia was added. This was a significant occasion for the Straw Hats because it was the first time they had an actual pirate ship. Usopp joined the crew in an emotional moment, and then the Going Merry departed for its upcoming journeys.


Unfortunately, the Going Merry sustained excessive damage over her "lifetime" from being repeatedly chopped, impaled, and blown up. The Straw Hats appeared to completely control their surroundings after escaping Enies Lobby on the Going Merry. Sadly, the happiness was fleeting. Suddenly, the Going Merry disintegrated in the sea.


Going Merry's funeral.


Luffy set the Going Merry on fire with a heavy heart, giving the ship a Viking funeral. The Going Merry did not harbor any ill will against the crew, even though they felt they did not provide the ship with the best possible care while she was with them. She added that she was appreciative of the crew's care because it was true that they took care of her.


Merry’s Appearance and Design


The Jib and the Central Steer Rudder were a part of the Going Merry. Four cannons made up the ship's armament, two pointed to either side and one each in the stern and bow, respectively. They were rarely utilized, as the Straw Hat Pirates mostly opted to flee or fight hand-to-hand. Three tangerine trees from Bell-mère's orchard were given to the Going Merry as a keepsake of Nami's house after the Arlong Park Arc.


The Merry's figurehead and the mast, repeatedly torn off, are two noteworthy examples of where the ship sustained damage when the crew crossed the first part of the Grand Line and added multiple metal patches to hold her together where she could not be nailed back together. The workers had to patch up several broken and missing guardrail sections using wood planks, which they did clumsily because they lacked carpentry knowledge.


Going Merry's design.


When Merry reached Water 7, the keel had already sustained damage that was considered permanent and would doom the ship. The ship's body had wings, and the sheep figurehead was attired as a chicken in the Skypiea arc. Despite the enormous damage the ship sustained during its journey across the Grand Line, it exhibited a magical resilience in that it did not shatter when Kaku let it tumble down a waterfall, but landed on its side, unharmed by the fall.


The Going Merry could sail through the dangerous Aqua Laguna storm to Enies Lobby and back, thanks to Iceburg's skill at patching it up to lengthen its little time before finally succumbing to its limits.


Meeting Room, Helm and Lounge

The majority of the ship's functions were located in this area. It functioned as the helm, lounge, kitchen, and meeting room. The entire crew performed a variety of tasks here.



This space served as Usopp's Workshop for a while. This is the compartment where the ship's steering pole was housed. It featured a sheep's head like the ship's figurehead. The stern rudder could be turned left or right by tilting the stick in that direction.


Men's Room



Right below the mast and underneath the deck of the Going Merry, the men's room was located. It was pretty big and messy. Because Luffy, Zoro, Usopp, Chopper, and Sanji all used this room to sleep, it was typically congested. A hatch near the mast provided access to it. There were a total of five hammocks available for use here. There was a connection between the women's restroom and the emergency exit in an emergency.


Storage Room and Cannon Desk

Under the salon of the Going Merry, there was a storage room and a cannon deck. The crew stored their supplies here, including beer barrels, water barrels, food, and treasure boxes. This is where Nami kept any treasures she could not keep in the women's quarters. There were also two cannons in the room, one on either side of the ship.



The crew could access the lavatory and the women's quarters from here. When one was done bathing, several towels were near the bathroom's entrance. There was a latch on the hatch leading down to the women's quarters to keep away nosy guests. Also visible above this area was the steering shaft, which was used to direct the ship.


Women's Room

The women's quarters were located under the cannon and storage deck. This was the typical sleeping area for Nami, Nico Robin, and briefly Vivi. Merry originally created it for Kaya's use, which is how it acquired its lovely and elaborate design.



A hatch that went to the room above was used to enter the room. A lock protected this hatch. If something went wrong, an emergency escape here led to the men's room. However, this hatch was typically sealed and unopened because it was rarely used. At some point, Teru-san, a carpenter from Cocoyasi, built a bar here.


Cannon Deck and Anchor Room


The Going Merry had a gun deck beneath its front deck, which served as the location for keeping the anchor. One could store a variety of weapons, including swords. It had huge oars and lifeboats that could be used if necessary.


Bathroom



The Going Merry's lavatory was below deck, next to the rudder. It was accessed by way of the storage room's door. For seclusion, this door had curtains. The lavatory had a sink, a toilet, a bathtub and a shower. A unique device beneath the steps on the top level drew water into the bathroom.


Luffy's Favourite Seat



A sheep served as the Going Merry's emblem. Most of the time when sailing, Luffy preferred to sit in this position. The figurehead was also perched atop the ship's rudder in the main room. The Mini Merry II's figurehead also features this style. Throughout the entire series, the figurehead occasionally displayed facial expressions typical of an everyday person. These have ranged from funny to depressing.


Nami's Mikan Trees



Three mikan trees from Bell-mère's grove were put to the top of the Going Merry after the Arlong Park Arc. They produced satsumas, or Citrus unshui, most commonly translated as tangerines or oranges. As keepsakes from Bell-mère, Nami handles them with care. They serve as decorations for the ship and a source of vitamin C for the crew. They now reside on the Thousand Sunny with the rest of the Straw Hats' possessions.


Merry’s Legacy


Franky announced that the Thousand Sunny will continue the Going Merry tradition. This was more obviously demonstrated when Franky introduced the Straw Hat Pirates to the soldier dock system. It came to light that channel 2 is home to the Mini Merry II.


Mini Merry II


This four-passenger steamboat is remarkably similar to the original Merry—so much so that Usopp dubbed her the "reincarnation" of Merry—except that it is considerably smaller and powered by a steam engine with paddle wheels.


At Merry's funeral, Usopp realized his error. He had been so focused on protecting Merry that he had become so blinded to the reality that he had almost severed his links with the other Straw Hat Pirates. He eventually apologized to the crew after realizing that he had to let the ship go, and they finally took him back.


Anime and Manga Differences


The Going Merry's figurehead and most of her body are depicted as plain brown in color spreads and on some manga covers. She is brighter in the anime.



In the manga, the Going Merry had been suffering damage as she traveled along the Grand Line, with the most notable incidents occurring during the Straw Hat pirates' encounters with Laboon (the figurehead breaks and Luffy rips off one of the masts to use as a weapon), Wapol (he eats a large portion of the ship's side), and later while evading the Marines as the Straw Hat left Arabasta (multiple large iron harpoons pierce the ship).


When the Rainbow Mist is flung out of Ape's concert and torn apart from the shockwaves it experienced, they mainly sustain this damage from their experiences in the anime, where it is almost entirely healed.


Merry’s Real Life Counterpart


Going Merry's real life counterpart for tourist attraction.


A possible incomplete copy of Going Merry was made in 2003 and has since appeared in several exhibitions organized by Shueisha, Toei Animation, and Fuji TV in Odaiba, Tokyo.


The live-action version from 2005 is intended to depict the beating the ship endured while traveling through the Water 7 Arc.


Merry in Other Media


The One Piece Wobbling Pirate Ship Collection and the One Piece Super Ship Collection are two merchandising lines that use Going Merry figurines.


Trivia


  • The ship sailed under Merry's individual jolly roger until Usopp drew the crew's jolly roger.


  • Houko Kuwashima and Brittney Karbowski provided the voices for The Going Merry in the original and the English dub, respectively.


  • The Going Merry refers to itself as "Boku", a masculine pronoun often reserved for youths (or young men) and used by men.


  • The ship was depicted on the cover page of Chapter 967 with a white figurehead, in contrast to its original color scheme and design.


  • A ship of the Caravel class was one of the few ships built for sea travel that could also sail interior via rivers. Caravels were lighter than many larger ships, making them speedier and more maneuverable. As a result, despite their small cargo hold, merchants particularly favoured them. Nevertheless, despite their benefits, they were weak vessels that could not withstand as much abuse as many other vessels, as the Going Merry implies.


FAQs


Q. Is the Going Merry alive in One Piece?

A. The Going Merry was destroyed after suffering several fatal damages to herself throughout the rigorous journeys on the sea. To keep her spirit alive, Franky built a Mini Merry II, a small boat that is docked inside the Thousand Sunny.


Q. How long did the Going Merry last?

A. The Going Merry lasted for about 296 episodes in the series.


Q. What is Luffy’s new ship called?

A. Luffy and his crew’s new ship is the Thousand Sunny. It was built by the crew’s shipwright, Franky.


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