Here is my 5-4-3-2-1 countdown, just for fun!
With little interest, I decided to do my own, trying to include a bunch of my favorite ships and crew. Not only did I follow the rules, but all my ships go SSS!
The Enterprise is of course one of my favorites, and she speaks for herself here. Not many bells and whistles, but she will get the job done.
La Joya is probably my favorite gold ship of all time, and Freda is one of the best gold crew of all time, although I don't actually own that version (sigh).
La Bonne Chance is just such a fun and simple ship, and has been in my favorite fleets since the beginning. I am not using Arazure here, but instead he is a proxy for Lady Roimata, a RTSS crew that I quickly fell in love with as a fan of the Tricolor. She is a captain and born leader (5/6 SAT) Her synergy with LBC is so wonderful.
Prince of Chicester is a great ship, and I only regret not using her more. With Thomas Gunn, she serves a dual role in this fleet, annoying the snot out of someone with her ability.
Another proxy, my last ship is the pirate Plague of the South from RTSS. She has 5 cargo and goes SSS, is a galley and worldhater. She backs up La Joya in the gold running department, and gives a big middle finger to the stupid Banshee's Cry.