What does a sinking ship mean in a dream?

Overwhelmed by Titanic Emotions
Overwhelmed by Titanic Emotions

Dream 304: The Heroic Masculine Saves Your Ship

Water is emotion and the ocean is the best symbol there is for subconscious emotion. A ship represents how you are navigating your emotions, i.e., how you are keeping your head above water. A ship sinking in a dream usually means the dreamer is not doing well.

Ships have almost always been used to reflect emotional tones. When a political campaign is not doing well and staff start resugning and leaving the candidate, it is often said that “the rats are leaving a sinking ship.” When sudden good fortune comes into someone’s life, it is often said that “their ship has come in.”

The following dream is a good example of this imagery as well as talking about the reassuring role the heroic masculine archetype can take in the dreamer’s subconscious:

Dream 304: Saving My Ship

A young woman dreamt that she was on a sinking ship. A dark-haired man dressed in army gear helped her to not be afraid. she asked him his name so that she would remember him when she woke up. He said his name was John Smith. She remembered this dream for years.


At the first level of dream interpretation each character in the dream represents a part of your psyche. The dark-haired man in the drean is the heroic masculine archetype. Let me explain.

The heroic masculine showing up is almost always good news. It is the part of your psyche that is willing to do anything for the dreamer’s own good and especially informs the dreamer’s actions. Soldiers are frequently representative of the heroic masculine simply because they are willing to die for their country.

The heroic masculine motto is “to serve and protect.” I believe he showed himself to the dreamer to reassure her that she had a part of herrself that would always be there to help her out of difficult emotional situations. Water is emotion and the ocean is the best symbol we have of the subconscious.

Her heroic masculine indicated that it was going to be there to save her from sinking into overwhelming emotions. John Williams is the most famous composer of movie theme music currently alive. He’s written the scores for many movies as described in the following Wikipedia excerpt:

“John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. He is considered one of the greatest film composers of all time.[1] In a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including Jaws, Family Plot (Alfred Hitchcock’s final film), the Star Wars series, Superman, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the first two Home Alone films, Hook, the first two Jurassic Park films, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, the first three Harry Potter films, Catch Me If You Can, Memoirs of a Geisha, War Horse, and Lincoln. He has had a long association with director Steven Spielberg, composing the music for all but one (The Color Purple) of Spielberg’s major feature-length films.”

Music is one of the most spiritual things that can occur in a dream second only to flying and coming right before dancing. This dream is nothing but good news. The heroic masculine’s reassurance was meant to help her emotionally stabilize.

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4 thoughts on “What does a sinking ship mean in a dream?

  1. Last night I had a dream. The Setting was night time The ship was sinking. Many people panic & many jumped on the water. My husband was looking for a life vest. My 2 daughters Jump on the Water. I was afraid but I Jumped on The Water Too. My youngest daughter was Swimming Going Far From me so I swim to reach her..with my 2 kids Three of us were safely floating. We were calling my husband to jump..but too late the ship sink..

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    1. It sounds like you are a protective mother who is emotionally sensitive and values your family. It sounds like you may be saddened that your husband does not take the necessary steps to save himself emotionally. This is speculative as I do not know you.


  2. i dream that i was on the tatnic ship with my boy friend and my four kids i was going to get paper work when i notice the song came on then the video it felt werid cause i felt like i was in someone else body the next thong you know i had a feeling it was going to sink and i was looking through someone eyes i can see the ship crashing and sinking the next day i know i was laying down in the ship and it was dark and small but it was no water in and out of no where i couldnt breath or talk i try to get out i couldnt all i was thinking about my kids i try saying jesus or god nothing came out i got up and i can breath again what does this mean

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    1. I get the feeling that you may be worried about your life sinking like the Titanic. Water is virtually always emotions in dreams. But there is no water toward the end of the dream. You regain your breath of life when you stop laying down and stand up. I believe the dream may be asking you to be less passive emotionally. You find your voice when you become active and stand up for yourself. This dream hits me as giving advice.


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