Shipwrecks

The most famous shipwreck in history is probably the Titanic, which lies on the seafloor in the North Atlantic Ocean. But shipwrecks are as old as sea voyages, and sunken ships have been found at the seafloor all over the world, from ancient Greek vessels in the Mediterranean to Civil War battle ships off the U.S. East Coast. Divers looks for shipwrecks to salvage valuable artifacts and to learn more about past cultures. Read about the latest shipwreck discoveries and see pictures of sunken ships below.
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South Korea Ferry: How Can a Huge Ship Sink?
sinking south korean ferry
April 17th, 2014
The sudden sinking of a ferry carrying 475 passengers off South Korea's southern coast brings up the question: How can a large, modern passenger ship just sink?
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Is a 17th Century Wreck Buried in Lake Michigan?
Scuba divers check out shipwreck site
November 27th, 2013
The fate of a 17th century vessel that disappeared in the Great Lakes continues to cause controversy.
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8 Cannons to be Recovered from Blackbeard's Pirate Ship
A cannon from Blackbeard's ship
June 11th, 2013
One cannon was recovered in 2011.
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Sunken Vases Double As 2,000-Year-Old Biology Experiments
January 6th, 2014
Oysters, barnacles and corals that cling to ancient artifacts strewn about the seafloor are often a scourge in the eyes of marine archaeologists. But some scientists say these nuisances deserve more attention.
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Incredible Technology: How to Salvage Shipwrecks
September 24th, 2013
Salvaging a shipwreck is no easy feat. Last week, a team of engineers successfully righted the 114,500-ton Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground off the coast of an Italian island in January 2012.
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Sunken Ships May Pose US Oil Pollution Risk
May 22nd, 2013
Several World War II-era shipwrecks threaten to leak oil in U.S. coastal waters.
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Physicists and Archaeologists Tussle Over Long-Lost Lead
Roman mosaic from 2nd century AD
December 23rd, 2013
Metal in ancient shipwrecks has value for both historians and scientists.
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19th-Century Shipwreck Finally Identified Off NJ Coast
Robert J. Walker steamer ship painting
August 27th, 2013
A long-known shipwreck off New Jersey's coast has been identified as the Robert J. Walker, a steamer that surveyed the United States coastline in the runup to the Civil War
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Chinese Fishing Ship Sinks Off Antarctica
April 23rd, 2013
The ship caught fire off the southernmost continent last week.
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