The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.
It has been estimated that over 3 million ship have wrecked ans sank on the ocean floor. Some got lost, some got destroyed and some were deliberately sunk. All these wrecks have been a great of interest to divers, underwater archaeologists and treasure hunters.
Here are some of the most famous shipwrecks which are frozen in time.
The Titanic- The North Atlantic Ocean
This one of the most famous shipwrecks of all time. This ill-fated ocean liner was discovered in 1985, which was close to Newfoundland lying at a depth of 12,460 feet. The wreck is a tomb of a lot the men, women, and children who lost their lives when the ship sank.
It was believed that the ship had sank in one piece, but the expedition which had discovered its resting place were amazed to find the ship been broken into 2 pieces.
The Vasa- Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
The Vasa is the most exquisite shipwreck ever to be found on the Baltic Sea. It was built to glorify king Gustavus Adolphus and no expenses were spared in its decoration and equipment. It was built between 1626 and 1628, but it rather unfortunately sank on its maiden voyage, less than one nautical mile from the order.
When this ship was located in the 1950s, the government of Sweden decided to salvage the wreck. During the recovery operation in 1961, a large number of artifacts and human remains were removed from in and around the hull. The wreck of the ship was so well preserved, that even the smallest details could still be discerned on its artwork.
The Ghost Ship- The Baltic Sea
The Ghost Ship was accidentally discovered in 2003 by a crew which was searching for a Swedish plane which was shot down in WWII on the Baltic Sea, Later in 2010 a full-scaled archaeological expedition was launched, and soon the researchers were able to confirm that the ship was built in
around 1650. It is believed to be a type of Dutch ship known as fluyt. As the water of the Baltic Sea has almost no tidal movement and the salinity is only 0.06-0.15, due to which shipworms were not able to inhabit it. This is the reason why the Baltic houses some of the most ancient and well-preserved vessels in the world.