10 Famous Shipwrecks in the World
are important discoveries. Over countless centuries, there have
been many ships that have fallen prey to accidents – natural as
well as caused by human interference. In this article we take you
through the pages of history to find some of precious maritime treasures
that have been lying at the ocean’s floor.
Top 10 most
famous shipwrecks in the world are mentioned below:
Titanic: The Titanic was the largest cruise
ship of its time. The Titanic was built in Ireland at the Harland
and Wolff shipyard. It was considered to be the most developed ship
of that era. However, as history tells us, the Titanic
unfortunately sank after colliding against an iceberg in its maiden
voyage on the 14th of April, 1912. Around 1, 517 people
lost their lives in one of the biggest marine tragedies.
to carry out the discovery of the Titanic’ wreck was carried out
in the year 1985. Quite a number of artefacts have been removed
from the ship wreck and they are displayed in the National
Maritime Museum, in England.
Estonia: The Estonia ship casualty is one of the recent
maritime incidents to have occurred. The Estonia, built in the German
shipyard Meyer Werft, sank on the 28th September 1994
in the Baltic Sea. Over 800 people lost their lives in this horrifying
incident, the causes of which were many and at the same time, controversial.
The most commonly
known reason for the accident is said to be the rough weather conditions
that the ship encountered. However, certain other sources disregarded
this reason and stated that because of the ship’s military involvement,
bombs were planted by rival countries to destroy the ship. The shipwreck
site is protected heavily. People are disallowed to approach the
site because of the danger that might be caused to the wreck. Illegal
diving near the wreck site is heavily penalised and punished.
Vampire: The original name of this ship was HMS Wallace.
It was a British naval
ship that was given to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as a
loan in the year 1933. Its name was changed to HMAS Vampire, that
same year. The Vampire is a very well-known warship. It was destroyed
in the year 1942 by Japanese aircrafts while it was trying to bring
the aircraft HMS Hermes to safety from Trincomalee.
Andrea Doria: The Andrea Doria was an Italian ship that
sank after colliding
against a Swedish ship MS Stockholm in the year 1956, while
trying to reach the port of New York City. However, in spite of
the severity of the incident, not many lives were lost because of
timely communication by the ship’s authorities. Today, the shipwreck
is a very famous site for divers. In fact, the Andrea Doria shipwreck
site is known as the Mt. Everest of Scuba Diving.
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