Get ready a ‘wreck’ of a list: 25 stunning sunken ships that you’ll want to visit! Fact: There are over three million sunken ships sitting on the ocean floor. Just stop and think about that for a second. Three. Million. Ships. Sunken after an accident, due to unfavorable weather conditions, or war, some of them have been scattered across the oceanic panorama for centuries.
In their ocean graves, these amazing sunken ships hold valuable information. They are a time machine to the past. With the ocean being so vast, it was nigh-impossible to find these ships, until now. Treasure hunters and diving enthusiast have found ways to overcome the limitations of the ocean.
Better and newer technology has helped adventurers seek out incredible underwater finds. Because, face it, shipwrecks are very popular and sought-after sites for divers and those with a large curiosity. So, come join the adventure and look at 25 Stunning Sunken Ships That You’ll Want To Visit.
SS President Coolidge, Vanuatu
Originally built as a U.S. luxury ocean liner, SS President Coolidge served as a troopship from December 1941 until October 1942, when she was sunk by mines in Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides. Divers can explore this gigantic wreck on both shallow and deep dives. The ship was equipped with heaps of military gear including howitzer cannons, a General Motors Corporation truck or tracked vehicles that can be still found in the wreck.
Um El Faroud, Malta
Launched in 1969, Um El Faroud was a 10,000 ton Libyan owned single screw motor tanker. Following a gas explosion during maintenance work in 1995, she was scuttled off the coast of Malta as an artificial reef and diving attraction. The wreck sits upright on the sandy seabed in the southwestern coast of Malta, at a depth of 59 to 82 feet.
MS Zenobia, Cyprus
MS Zenobia was a Swedish built Challenger-class RO-RO ferry launched in 1979. She sank close to the city of Larnaca, Cyprus, in June 1980 on her maiden voyage. The ship now rests on her port side in approximately 140 feet of water and is considered one of the best wreck diving sites in the world.
USS Scuffle, Mexico
USS Scuffle was a minesweeper built for the United States Navy during World War II. In October 1962, she was sold to the Mexican Navy and renamed ARM DM-05. She was sunk as an artificial reef and dive attraction off of a Mexican island Cozumel in 1999. Since then, it is known as “The Cozumel Wreck.”
MTS Oceanos, South Africa
Launched in July 1952, MTS Oceanos was a French-built and Greek-owned cruise ship. She sank off South Africa’s eastern coast on 4 August 1991 during a storm which caused leaking in the engine room and eventually flooded the ship. The wreck lies at a depth of between 302 and 318 feet, about 3 miles offshore. Divers have visited the wreck site, but currents are strong and there are many sharks in the area, so diving to the wreck is difficult.