Top 10 Famous Shipwrecks

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6. Mv Joola

Mv Joola

This is thought to be the second worst maritime disaster that is not related to war. The disaster claimed at least 1,863 lives.  The ship was designed to only carry 500 passengers, but at the time of the accident it was carrying well over 2,000 passengers.  The ship capsized after entering a storm in as quickly as five minutes.  Rescue crews did not arrive until the morning following the incident, a huge majority dies in the water awaiting rescue.  The wreck is still missing.

 

7. Costa Concordia

Costa Concordia

 

The most recent cruise ship wreck of this nature. Although it is only a partial sinking, it did claim the lives of 34 passengers. The disaster has received a huge amount of press due to the reason why it has sunk. The captain, captain schettino, tried to do a really good looking drift into port. To do this he turned off the ships navigation system which stated how close the ship is too the rocks beneath. It hit a large rock and water started to fill the ship, therefore making it capsize. Costa Concordia  cruise ship  is still situated in Isola Del Giglia, Tuscany and has become a huge tourist attraction; plans for tis removal are underway.

 

8. Rms Rhone

Rms Rhone

Quite possibly the most beautiful shipwrecks in the world. The British packet ship was wrecked off the coast of salt island, British Virgin Islands on the 26th October 1867. The ship went straight into a hurricane that decimated the ship and caused the lives of 123 people. It is now a Caribbean wreck diving site and is absolutely stunning. The wildlife have took to the ship like a duck to water, the whole ship is covered in coral, eels, fish and even sharks have claimed this ship their home.

 

9. Mont-Blanc

Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc was made famous as being the ship to cause the Halifax explosion. The ship was en route to France from New York carrying a vast amount of ammunition and explosives. The ship was not too old for the year, but was extremely slow, due to the weight of it. It stopped off at Halifax, Nova Scotia to meet up with a convoy heading to France. Whilst heading into the port the ship was struck by another ship, the SS Imo. The collision caused a fire and ignited the explosives on board. The force was 2.9 kilotons which was the largest recorded non-nuclear explosion ever. Over 2,000 people were killed and 9,000 others were injured.

 

10. The sweepstakes

The Sweepstakes

The Sweepstakes are extremely popular with divers due to the wildlife and scenery that this shipwreck has caused.  Laying in big tub harbor the schooner ship can be seen at water level. The ship was damaged off Cove Island in august 1885; the boat was luckily toed back to port by a little tugboat named Jessie. The schooner had suffered extreme damage and was not repairable therefore sunk in the port itself. The huge cargo of coal was luckily retrieved after the boat sank.

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