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 WWII, the Japanese used manned suicide torpedoes called kaiten to destroy allied ships.

During WWII, the Japanese used manned suicide torpedoes called kaiten to destroy allied shipsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Unsinkable Sam was a cat that served on various ships during WWII. Three of those ships sank and he survived each time.

Unsinkable Sam was a cat that served on various ships during WWII. Three of those ships sank and he survived each timeSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The MS Estonia was a ferry that sank in the Baltic Sea in 1994. Since raising the wreck proved too hard, it was entombed in concrete and today it is illegal to dive to the site.

The MS Estonia was a ferry that sank in the Baltic Sea in 1994. Since raising the wreck proved too hard, it was entombed in concrete and today it is illegal to dive to the site.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The only known report of a train colliding with and sinking a ship happened in Newcastle shortly after the opening of the Victoria Tunnel.

The only known report of a train colliding with and sinking a ship happened in Newcastle shortly after the opening of the Victoria TunnelSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In 1703, Thomas Atkins was swept off the deck of his sinking ship onto another sinking ship. A second wave then swept him onto a lifeboat.

In 1703, Thomas Atkins was swept off the deck of his sinking ship onto another sinking ship. A second wave then swept him onto a lifeboatSource: Stockwin's Maritime Miscellany, Image: wikipedia

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