25 Interesting Facts About Sunken Ships

Ships sink for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes they aren’t constructed well, sometimes they are constructed well but the fury and unpredictability of nature takes its toll, and other times a ship may be sunk by another ship. Of course, this usually happens in war although ship on ship collisions are fairly common, especially in busy ports. Shipwrecks have a certain appeal to us. They are mysterious and always have been. Stories and legends have surrounded them and treasure hunters have made it their life’s work to try to find them and discover their secrets. Sometimes the ship can’t be found, and even if it can, it may be really hard (or even impossible) to get to. The fact is, ship wrecks are numerous. There are so many sunken ships at the bottom of the ocean in some places that people have even labeled them “ship graveyards”. Of course, while some ship wrecks have inspired spooky legends and horror stories, others seem to have a bright and redemptive side. In some areas they are even used to create reefs and promote biodiversity by expanding maritime habitats. Whatever the case may be, we are sure you will enjoy these 25 interesting facts about sunken ships.

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During the Battle of Samar, an American destroyer charged the Japanese Navy and did so much damage before it was sunk that the passing Japanese ships saluted it.

During the Battle of Samar, an American destroyer charged the Japanese Navy and did so much damage before it was sunk that the passing Japanese ships saluted itSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In 1987, treasure hunter Tommy Thompson found a ship named the SS Central America that had sunk more than a hundred years earlier. After recovering nearly $1 billion of gold he disappeared and has not been seen since.

In 1987, treasure hunter Tommy Thompson found a ship named the SS Central America that had sunk more than a hundred years earlier. After recovering nearly $1 billion of gold he disappeared and has not been seen since.Source: forbes.com, Image: pixabay

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One of the few things preventing China from claiming the entire South China Sea is a partially sunken WWII ship that the US handed to the Philippines. Because of this, the Philippines retain a claim to Second Thomas Shoal.

One of the few things preventing China from claiming the entire South China Sea is a partially sunken WWII ship that the US handed to the Philippines. Because of this, the Philippines retain a claim to Second Thomas Shoal.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Instead of handing their Navy over to the Nazis, the Danish military sank a majority of their ships.

Instead of handing their Navy over to the Nazis, the Danish military sank a majority of their shipsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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In 1773, Wolraad Woltemade, a farmer near Cape Town, rode his horse out to rescue sailors caught aboard a sinking vessel. He did this 6 times but on the 7th time his horse was too tired and everybody drowned.

In 1773, Wolraad Woltemade, a farmer near Cape Town, rode his horse out to rescue sailors caught aboard a sinking vessel. He did this 6 times but on the 7th time his horse was too tired and everybody drownedSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia


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