Make a Facebook page for your ship and most of the pictures and stories can go there.
Building your web service and forums can be quite daunting. Why not go with Facebook this round?
I need a FREE Windows based Forum !! Is there any freeware out there ??
I just started a tribute webpage to my old ship the USS Vulcan AR-5 a very historical WW2 ship it was a repair ship that turned up all over the Pacific Ocean , She was much like Forrest Gump turning up everywhere always in the background but played a very important role ! In 1978 She made history again by being the very 1st ship to have women onboard forging the way for women to be on all ships today ! I really dont know what I am doing as far as webpage design and bought 2 domains hopefully to run the Forum on one and link them together ! any help would be GREATLY appreciated !