Over 3 million ships have been destroyed in the course of world’s history and some of them can still be found at the bottom of the ocean floor. A great reminder that nothing lasts forever, these once mighty vessels will only be remembered once they are chronicled in the list of the most popular shipwrecks in the world.
10. Antikythera Ship
A Roman merchant ship, it was found by the sponge drivers off the coast of Antikythera in Greece in 1900. A relic of the 1st or 2nd BCE; valuable finds include the classical bronze sculpture ‘Statue of Youth’ and the oldest known analog computer, the Antikythera mechanism.
9. SS Republic
Discovered by the Odyssey in 2003, this Civil War-era side-wheel steamship became lost in a hurricane on October 25, 1865 while sailing from New York to New Orleans. Discovered were more than 51,000 American gold and silver coins and 14,000 other artifacts, which now worth $120 to $180 million.
8. MV Doňa Paz
When this passenger ferry collided with the oil tanker, Vector, in Tablas Strait, near Marinduque, Philippines on December 20, 1987; it resulted in a fire that sunk the vessel killing 4,341 people.
7. HMS Victory
Lost in 1744 under the command of Admiral Sir John Balchin, it was discovered by Odyssey 100km from where it was historically believed to have been wrecked after a violent storm in the Channel Islands. Odyssey was able to recover the 12-pounder cannon featuring the royal arms of George II and a 4-ton, 42-pounder bearing the crest of George I, the only known example of a gun of this type and size existing on dry land today.
6. ARA Belgrano
One of the most dramatic and controversial events of the Falklands War; the Argentine warship, General Belgrano, was torpedoed and sunk by the British nuclear submarine, HMS Conqueror, on May 2, 1982, killing 300 men in impact.
Discovered in 1989, this German warship has succumbed to the attack from the British in one of the most dramatic sea battles of the war on May 1941. The length of three football fields, only 115 of its 2,200 crew survived.
During the war between North and South, construction of the ironclad Monitor came into being to fight against the CSS Virginia in a ship-to-ship engagement. However, by the end of 1862, both of them were gone with the Virginia blown up by her crew to prevent capture; while the Monitor fell through in a gale off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
3. General Slocum
A 264-inch side-wheel streamer, this excursion boat has caught fire and sank and may have left 1,000 lives lost with several hundreds injured during the St. Mark’s Church excursion on June 15, 1904.
2. Andrea Doria
The flagship of the Italian Line, this luxurious liner that accommodated 1,241 passengers and 575 crews was built in Genoa and was launched in 1951. However, while navigating through a dense fog on July 25, 1956; it collided with the Swedish freighter with no logical explanation, but for misread radar readings.
The unsinkable ship, which was discovered in 1985, was on its maiden voyage from Southampton on its way to New York; when it collided with an iceberg on April 10, 1912, killing its 1,517 passengers.