For many, expres­sions such as “ship­wreck” or “wreck” are asso­ci­at­ed with trea­sures and pirates. Pira­cy is long gone, but sunken ships due to acci­dents are found every year.
famous shipwrecks

We con­tin­ue the theme of ships, in pre­vi­ous issues we talked about the largest ship pro­pellers, but here we will talk about sunk ships. Accord­ing to the UN, more than three mil­lion ships lurk at the bot­tom of the oceans. Some of them drowned due to wars, oth­ers due to weath­er or acci­dents, and some were delib­er­ate­ly destroyed. We bring to your atten­tion ten excit­ing sto­ries of ten sunken ships.

sunken ships

In the waters of the Cay­man Bras, 150 miles south of Cuba and 40 to 90 feet under­wa­ter, lies the Frigate 356, a wreck that has split in two. Built by the Sovi­ets in the ear­ly 1980s (the last stage of the Cold War), the ship was hand­ed over to the Cuban Navy and was prepar­ing to enter ser­vice after the col­lapse of the USSR. After 10 years, the war­ship was pur­chased by the Cay­man gov­ern­ment. Soon, in an unequal bat­tle with nature (a strong storm), the ship was defeat­ed and went under water. Pho­tog­ra­ph­er Mark Light­foot explains: The ves­sel’s “Achilles’ heel” was its main com­po­nent — alu­minum — and was the cause of death.

frigate 356

Abu Galawa Shi­weya is a reef in the Egypt­ian Red Sea with a turquoise “built-in” lagoon in its mid­dle. The name of the place trans­lates as “Lit­tle Father of the Turquoise Open Sea.” There are many rumors and leg­ends around the yacht that sank in this place.

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Local guides believe it is the remains of an Amer­i­can sail­boat that sank in 2002, but Rick Ver­coe, a div­ing instruc­tor, claims it is Endymion’s shell, an Aus­tralian yacht that sank into its watery grave in 1998, appar­ent­ly after a nav­i­ga­tion­al error. .

Sweepstakes, Tobermory, Ontario.

Twen­ty feet under water — clear­ly vis­i­ble from the sur­face at Tober­mory — lies at the bot­tom of the ship Sweep­stakes, a 119-foot Cana­di­an schooner that was used to trans­port coal. After 18 years of ser­vice, she was dam­aged near Bay Island and towed to Grand Har­bour.

Russian Accident, South Egyptian Red Sea.

That ship was the Khanka, a Russ­ian spy ship that sank in 1982. The Sovi­ets began using com­mer­cial ves­sels and fish­ing trawlers to col­lect infor­ma­tion from the 1950s and appar­ent­ly placed sur­veil­lance on the near­by Ras Kar­ma Mil­i­tary Air Base in Yemen. That’s where the ship sank.

USS Utah, Pearl Har­bor. The 521-foot-long ves­sel was orig­i­nal­ly a mil­i­tary ves­sel, but was lat­er re-armed and refit­ted for train­ing pur­pos­es. On the fate­ful day for the ship, noth­ing stopped the tor­pe­do launched by the Japan­ese. The ship went under water with­in a few min­utes.

Six offi­cers and 52 sailors died in Utah that day, 54 are still buried in the rusty, half-flood­ed hulk. The pub­lic is not allowed access, and a memo­r­i­al has been erect­ed on Ford Island. It can be vis­it­ed if you are accom­pa­nied by autho­rized mil­i­tary per­son­nel.

P29, Mal­ta was at the bot­tom of the ocean quite recent­ly. The P29 was destroyed in Sep­tem­ber 2007 at Mar­fa Point in Mal­ta. This is a mar­itime patrol ves­sel, 167 feet long. Infor­ma­tion about the his­to­ry of the ship is cat­a­stroph­i­cal­ly small, but div­ing at the acci­dent site explores var­i­ous points of inter­est, includ­ing nar­row pas­sages through which you can swim; the abun­dance of but­tons, levers, tem­plates and oth­er tools are still objects of study.

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famous shipwrecks

USS Arizona, Pearl Harbor

The Com­mem­o­ra­tive Memo­r­i­al was built on the sunken remains of the USS Ari­zona, a Penn­syl­va­nia-class bat­tle­ship built in the first decade of the 20th cen­tu­ry that met its trag­ic end at Pearl Har­bor. When bombs fired from ten Japan­ese air­craft hit the 608-foot-long ves­sel, only debris was left behind, indi­cat­ing the ves­sel’s exis­tence.

Gian­nis D. Egypt­ian Red Sea. The next wreck is a favorite dive site in the Egypt­ian Red Sea. Built in Japan in 1969, the Gian­nis D was orig­i­nal­ly named Shoyo Maru; it was sold in 1975. The 300-foot freighter was renamed Markos, a nick­name that can still be made out on the ship’s hull.

Tug­boat Rozi, Mal­ta Not much is known about this for­mer tug­boat except that it was wrecked in 1992 at the pop­u­lar div­ing site of Sirkev­va in Mal­ta. Many tourists are like­ly to vis­it the ship, which is com­plete­ly intact except for the pro­pellers and engine.

Prince Albert, Roatan, Hon­duras. Delib­er­ate­ly destroyed in 1987 by the own­er of the Coco View Resort in Hon­duras, an island car­go ship famous for its own­ers’ event­ful past. It was used by the Nicaraguans to trans­port refugees flee­ing their war-torn coun­try.

140-foot tanker was stripped of life and left, par­tial­ly sub­merged in water.

Let’s move on to the most famous sunken ship, which was dis­cov­ered only recent­ly. It took many years to find it — this is the Titan­ic
Titanic