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.
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.
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.
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.
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