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Top 10 most interesting shipwrecks in the world - part 1

In Poland, one of the main trends in diving, is wreck diving. It has mainly to do with the possibilities that we have in our country. Stormy history of the Baltic Sea, treacherous weather, raging storms, as well as the turmoil of war have made the long and wide Baltic Sea full of sunken vessels,
Published: November 10, 2011 - 14:33
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 06:45
Top 10 most interesting shipwrecks in the world – part 1

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In Poland, one of the main trends in diving, is wreck diving. It has mainly to do with the possibilities that we have in our country. Stormy history of the Baltic Sea, treacherous weather, raging storms, as well as the turmoil of war have made the long and wide Baltic Sea full of sunken vessels, the oldest of which date back to the 13th century!

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Additionally, the very specific nature of the Baltic Sea, strongly limits the profile of dives we can perform in its murky, green and not very clear waters. In Poland we love wrecks. If we are sick of diving and systematically immerse ourselves in the green of the Baltic Sea we have no choice, sooner or later we will discover in ourselves this amazing feeling accompanying wreck diving and we will crave it more and more often. But what is noteworthy in other basins? After all, it is not only in this part of the world that ships have gone to the bottom, turning themselves into targets for diving expeditions.

Here are our 10 of some of the most interesting wrecks scattered around the world:

Nagato

The 10th Battleship HIJMS Nagato. This wreck is one of more than 40 vessels that found last port on the seabed near the Marshal Islands. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto’s flagship during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. She was sunk by the USA during the atomic tests at Bikini Atoll, in 1946. The pride of the Imperial Navy, she measured 221m long and 34.5m wide. Especially noteworthy are the 4 propellers with a diameter of 6m! Maximum depth – 50m.

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MS Zenobia. A unique wreck in Cyprus. This Swedish ferry, 120m long and 28m wide, was laid to rest at a depth of 42m after a computer controlling the ballast system failed on its first voyage in 1980. Stowed on the starboard side of the Zenobia, she holds a cargo of 120 cars! As is usually the case with large wrecks with lots of nooks and crannies, life thrives all around.


RMS_Umbria

8th RMS Umbria. An Italian transport ship which, to avoid capture by the British, was sunk in the waters off the coast of Sudan in 1940. Built in 1884. Umbria, was at one time the largest liner, running between Liverpool and New York. The wreck is 158m long and 17.5m wide, starting at a depth of 20m. In its immediate vicinity we encounter the scattered vehicles and armaments that were on board the Umbria. These dives are best conducted from a boat.

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The7th MV Bianca C. This passenger shipwreck, resting in Grenada waters, is a real bummer as it sank… twice. The first time was before the vessel could be completed, while the second time was due to an explosion and fire in the engine room. The length of the vessel is 180m. It is the largest wreck in this area. What we find underwater is very impressive.

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6th Captain Keith Tibbetts. A former Russian frigate sunk in the Cayman Islands to create an artificial reef. The wreck, 92m long and 13m wide, became in 1996, home to local fauna and flora and a place for diving expeditions of thrilled tourists. Unfortunately, in 2004 a powerful storm damaged the wreck and split it into two parts. The depth at which we can find it is about 25m.

Second part of the Top10 most interesting shipwrecks in the world

Source: wikipedia.org

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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