June 17, 2024

A look at some ships who’ve paid a visit to Davy Jones

This 1974 ship of dreams was a Danish ship used to take people to the most stunning parts of the world in style. However, in 2000, the ship struck a rock near the Solomon Islands and subsided.

Luckily, there were no fatalities, but the ship has yet to be salvaged as it has been looted and damaged many times during the Solomon Islands Civil War. Now, nearly 20 years on, the ship is a big tourist attraction.

MS World Discoverer

Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes

This Spanish Warship, Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, sunk in 1804 just off of the cost of Portugal. What makes it so significant? It had over $500,000,000 worth of gold on it. The gold has since been recovered and is sitting in various museums across Spain.

MV Dona Paz

This wreck is considered by many to be not only the deadliest of peacetime maritime disasters, but as “The Titanic of Asia”. In 1987, this ship collided with an oil tanker, killing 4,386 people. Much of the ship was destroyed and sent to the bottom of the ocean, and it reportedly too Philippine authorities over 7 hours to even hear of the accident.

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The Queen Anne’s Revenge

This infamous warship belonged to none other than Blackbeard himself. Although he only used it for a year, he managed to use it to capture some of his greatest prizes. He grounded the ship in 1718 while escaping the authorities, and the remains of the ship were found about 1 mile away from Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.


This stunning Swedish warship was built between 1626 and 1628. Despite its impressive size and design, it was sunk by a storm less than one mile into its inaugural journey. In 1961 the ship was successfully recovered and restored. Today it is a massively popular tourist attraction in Sweden.

Mary Rose Trust

Launching in 1511, this Tudor Warship was commissioned by Henry VIII. After serving in a handful of battles in both France and Scotland, the ship sank during a battle in 1545. It was rediscovered and salvaged in 1982 and is now on display for the public to see. The remains of several crew members were discovered on board and analysis has shown that many of them suffered from scurvy and rickets.

USS Arizona

This American Battleship was launched by the U. S. Navy in 1915. After being sent to Pearl Harbor in 1940 due to threats of Japanese Imperialism, it was bombed during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. 1,177 people on board lost their lives. In 1989 the shipwreck was turned into a memorial that is visited by 2 million people every year.

RMS Lusitania

Launched in 1906, this British Ocean Liner crossed the Atlantic a total of 202 times before it was sunk by a German U-boat on may 7th, 1915. 1,191 people on board lost their lives. The wreck can be found 11 miles south of the lighthouse at Kinsale, Ireland, but is in incredibly poor condition. Many of the remains have been recovered and put on display across the world, but the ship itself still remains underwater.

RMS Republic

Built in 1903 and sunk 6 years later, this ship famously collided with the Lloyd Italiano liner SS Florida. The ship sank and with it sank a supposed treasure that worth anywhere from $250,000-$3,000,000. The ship itself is severely deteriorated but the vaults in it are apparently still intact.

RMS Titanic

The RMS Titanic is the most famous shipwreck in history. In an attempt to reach New York a day earlier, the ship cruised through ice fields at a speed that was dangerously fast. This resulted in the striking of an iceberg that sunk the unsinkable. 1,514 lives were lost, and the ship remained undiscovered until 1985. A ton of artifacts, such as menus, jewelry, and cutlery, were taken recovered from the ship, but the ship itself remains exactly where it sank over 100 years ago.

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