It’s sad to see great ships suffering misfortunes on their voyage at the seas. Throughout the centuries, much has changed when it comes to building and innovating ships. The continuous development, new technology and ever evolving designs have resulted in more modern ships that greatly benefit their purpose. But who can forget the shipwrecks that rocked naval history. Let’s take a look as some of the world famous shipwrecks that have shaped our history and learn about the fate that befell these gigantic sea vessels.
The Mary Rose
Don’t be fooled by her sweet sounding name because the Mary Rose was one of the most reliable warships of her time belonging to King Henry VIII’s English Tudor navy. Included on her resume are battles to faraway places like Scotland, France and Brittany made her one solid piece of a warship. However, no matter how tough she was, she found a match on the opposing ships from the French invasion fleet that attacked her in 1545. The Mary Rose is now at peace below the straits in the northern part of the Wight Island or Solent after an illustrious 33 year career. This is one of the oldest world famous shipwrecks on our list.
Queen Anne’s Revenge
This no-nonsense frigate belonged to the Royal Navy in 1710 until the French forces of 1711 captured her and made her into a one useful slave ship. But in 1717, the most notorious pirate of all by the name of Blackbeard had successfully seized and used the Queen Anne’s Revenge as his favored pirate ship. The Queen Anne’s Revenge had a reputation for terror becoming a storage ship for stolen treasures. She ran aground the shores of North Carolina with rumours that Blackbeard escaped with all the treasure before she became one of the most famous shipwrecks.
If not the most famous shipwreck of the modern age, Titanic was certainly the most elegant on our list. This passenger liner was called “unsinkable” by those who created her. She was made known worldwide when her story was featured in the 1997 blockbuster movie with the same name under topnotch director, James Cameron. During her 1912 maiden journey, her crew committed a fatal mistake that caused her to hit hard an iceberg in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. The freezing cold waters were too much to bear for its 2,000 plus passengers that ended up killing 1,500 of them primarily because of hypothermia.
Her journey was almost over when she reached her 202nd crossing en route to Liverpool from New York on May 7, 1915, when she was hit by a torpedo from a German submarine. RMS Lusitania was a luxurious British passenger vessel and was never a threat even during the heights of war but, nevertheless, it was bombed when it passed what the Germans considered a war zone. It killed 1,198 of its 1,962 total passengers and had caused a major diplomatic protest from the British government, which heralded the entry of the USA in World War I. One of the most famous shipwrecks for changing the course of history.
One of the strong warships belonging to the Pacific Fleet was the United States Navy’s USS Arizona. She started her career in 1916 and had travelled to far-away places like the waters around Europe and Turkey. She was attacked and sank during the Japanese bombing of the Pearl Harbor in 1941 that saw the lives of 1,177 personnel perished in the Pacific. This famous shipwreck has a similar effect as RMS Lusitania as it was the impetus for the USA to join World War II.
The German Navy or Kriegsmarine had on its possession an able battleship named the Bismarck. In 1941, while on her way to an offensive attack against the Allied forces of Northern America and Great Britain, she was spotted by British navy ships. She came under deadly attacked with a final hit coming from torpedo bombers. She sank ending a short lived 8-month career.