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.
USS Oriskany, Florida
Nicknamed Mighty O, this ship was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers completed during or shortly after World War II for the US Navy. In May 2006, it was deliberately sunk in the Gulf of Mexico, 23 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. At 900 feet long, it is the world’s largest artificial reef.
SS Thistlegorm, Red Sea
Built in 1940, The SS Thistlegorm was a British armed Merchant Navy ship. She was sunk by a German bomb in October 1941 near the southern extreme of the Sinai Peninsula in the Red Sea and is now a well known diving site. The ship was loaded with trucks, motorcycles, rifles, and many other items that can still be found in the wreck.
HMHS Britannic, Aegean Sea
Sister ship of Titanic, Britannic was intended to enter service as the transatlantic passenger liner. In 1916, she was shaken by an explosion, caused by an underwater mine, in the Kea Channel off the Greek island of Kea. It sank just 55 minutes after the explosion, killing 30 people. Resting at a depth of about 400 feet, the wreck was first discovered and explored by Jacques Cousteau in 1975.
SS Andrea Doria, North Atlantic Ocean
SS Andrea Doria was an Italian ocean liner built in 1951. Of all Italy’s ships at the time, it was the largest, fastest and supposedly safest vessel. In July of 1956, Andrea Doria was struck in the side by the SS Stockholm. Forty-six people died on board the Andrea Doria and 5 were killed on the Stockholm. Quick work by other ships and great communications helped in this tragedy which could have turned into a scenario similar to Titanic.
Bismarck, North Atlantic Ocean
Named after Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, the battleship was built for Nazi navy in 1936. In May 1941, Bismarck was severely attacked by British fleet and the crew decided to scuttle her with heavy loss of life. The wreck was located in June 1989 by Robert Ballard, who found the wreck sitting on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean some 470 miles west of Brest at a depth of 15,700 feet.