When it comes to shipwrecks, today is an important date on the calendar. On April 8 1940, the Polish submarine Orzel torpedoed and sank the German ship Rio De Janeiro – thereby revealing the plans of the German invasion of Norway. The wreck of the Rio De Janeiro has been found. If you are seeing this in a post, other than on Shipwrecks.com, read more about these wrecks and other ships lost on an April 8 at ...DIVE IN > > > Share
Early accounts of shipwrecks often only listed the month of loss, so its hard to compile a list of them for a particular day. Even though many ships were undoubtedly lost on April 7, during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, most of the ones on this list are WWI and WWII losses, which are easier to trace. If you are seeing this in a post, other than on Shipwrecks.com, read more about these wrecks ...DIVE IN > > > Share
April 6 was another interesting day for shipwrecks with everything from the destruction of privateer ships in 1767 to a freighter that was blown up at her dock in 1944, scattering gold bars across the seafloor. Less than half of the bars have been recovered. Bars collectively worth tens of millions of dollars are still unfound. If you are seeing this in a post, read more about these wrecks and other ships lost on an April 6 ...DIVE IN > > > Share
Lots of interesting shipwrecks took place on April 5, including a French warship in 1762 and two freighters torpedoed in 1943, which are believed to have carried tons of silver now worth millions of dollars. If you are seeing this in a post, other than on Shipwrecks.com, read more about these wrecks and other ships lost on an April 5 at http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-april-5/
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Over $16,000,000 in copper, vanadium, and zinc is on the wreck of the Dutch freighter Alphacca. The West Irmo is believed to have carried a valuable cargo of silver. Both went down the same day, April 4, 1942. If you are seeing this in a post, other than on Shipwrecks.com, read more about these wrecks and other ships lost on an April 4 at http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-april-4/.
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There have been thousands of ships lost on a February 26, but one of the shipwrecks that stands out was that of the HMS Birkenhead, which set the example of “Women & Children First,” and was rumored to have carried three tons of gold coins. If you are reading this in a post, go to http://shipwrecks.com/shipwrecks-of-february-26/ to learn more about this shipwreck.
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The sinking side-wheel steamer Central America of South Carolina in a hurricane in 1857 was one of the worst shipping disasters of the Gold Rush era. Hundreds of people were lost, many of them dying with the treasure they had dug out of the California gold fields. Her cargo also included major gold shipments for various banks, making her one of the richest shipwrecks ever discovered.
Even though tons of gold bullion in bars, nuggets, ...DIVE IN > > > Share
A boat, bound across the Mediterranean from Misrata, Libya to Europe with 500± illegal immigrants crammed on it, caught fire, capsized and sank on Thursday October 3, 2013. The wreck took place in less than 150′ of water about 600 yards off the Italian island of Lampedusa between Tunisia and Sicily.
The boat had around 500 people aboard, only 155 were saved, making a death toll of about 345. The recovered victims included 210 ...DIVE IN > > > Share
Five fishing vessels with a total of 171 people aboard were caught in Typhoon Wutip that swept across the waters of the South China Sea on Sunday, September 29, 2013, packing winds of up to 90 miles per hour. Three of the ships with a total of 88 fishermen, all from China’s Guangdong Province, sank in a lagoon near Shanhu Dao in the Xisha Islands (also called Pattle Island, Paracel Islands).
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