10 Notable Shipwrecks of the History



5. German Liner Wilhelm Gustloff

This German ship was running towards northern Poland, as the Red Army was advancing them. This event occurred during the winters of 1944 to 1945, where the ship left the port and crashed into a submarine as it reached the vast sea. This ship was not only overloaded but it sank the moment it hit the submarine. With the freezing cold water, there was very little chance of the passengers to survive. To add up to the torture, the ship was carrying refuges and people have no idea about the number of deaths, keeping in mind it was a refugee ship, it would have triple the amount of passengers it could cater otherwise.


4. The American Battleship U.S.S. Maine

Have you ever heard about the war being initiated because of a sinking ship. Well there is an exception, powerful but small warship, which goes by the name of Maine. Maine, an American battleship, faced an occurrence at the Havana harbor on February 1898 after dusk blew up into pieces. Coming to the number people who were on board, the ship had a crew of 335 men on board out of which 261 embraced death right on the spot. The question arises how did such an explosion happen. Even though this topic is quite debatable and there have been many reasons and theories associated with the explosion, it has been said that it took many weeks for the investigators to conclude that the explosion was due to a mine attached to the ship’s hull. Added to this problem were the growing bad relations between US and Spain. Thus, the blame game started which lasted for ages.


3. The British Liner Lusitania

When it comes to historical importance, Lusitania is one of the ships which were considered to be of utmost importance though  the number of deaths in this incident were less compared to Titanic, where a total of 1200 men, women and children lost their life through drowning. This occurrence occurred near the Irish coast, sunken by a submarine by the Germans on May 1915. What amazes people is that this liner died just because of a torpedo. However, most of the times you would find small vessels earning an extra life in such cases. Because of this the suspicion grew that the liner probably would be carrying illegal munitions on the vessel.


2. American battleship, Arizona.

This shipwreck is famous because it signaled the start of the world war two in the pacific ocean. The shipwreck was due to a surprise attack on the Pearl Harbor by the Japanese forces. This attack occurred on December 1941, the day the Arizona died. During this attack, the Americans lost two third of their ship crew which was one of the darkest times in American history. Today, this shipwreck areas are easily accessible.


1. Titanic the British liner

This was very obvious, wasn’t it? The most famous shipwreck of the world, which not only gulped in thousands of lives but also gained fame from people all across the world, also has an 11 Oscar winning true movie based on the incident. As everyone knows that this luxury liner of that time, was hit by an iceberg which caused a hole in the ship. Thus, allowing seawater to enter and flood the lower cabin, which caused the ship to sink. The ship had over 2200 people, with the event killing about 1500 men, children and women. Looking at this huge ship, the worse part about it was that the number of lifeboats were not even half the required number, which is one of the main reasons why sea became a grave to most of the people on board. Shocking but the location of the ship remained unknown for 70 years until 1985 when a group of oceanographers located it at the Atlantic Ocean .

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  1. What about the Essex, a Nantucket whaling ship? Sunk by an 85 foot sperm whale? The inspiration of Moby Dick?

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