From the archives: Shipwrecks

The 17th century warship sunk the same day it was launched, the deepest shipwreck in the world, the dreadnought sunk by a human torpedo, and the cyclone that ended gunboat diplomacy in Samoa.

From 1888 to 1889, six warships (German and American) faced off for months in the harbour of Apia, Samoa. Then the cyclone hit.


La Jamais Contente [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The King of Sweden’s brand new warship, the Vasa, sunk within minutes of its maiden voyage.


The SMS Viribus Unitis was sunk by a human torpedo the same day it was acquired by the Yugoslavian navy.


USS Johnston
Naval History & Heritage Command [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The wreck of the USS Johnston is the deepest shipwreck in history.

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