Our May issue featured photos and articles on shipwrecks all over the world, including a logbook that ran through the magazine of famous wrecks — both factual and fictional. The full timeline of noteworthy shipwrecks from The Odyssey to the RMS Titanic to the Life of Pi is compiled here for your viewing pleasure.
1885: The Sweepstakes’ sinking has become a lucky dive spot for divers who visit Fathom Five National Marine Park in Tobermory, Ontario. It was damaged off Cove Island then towed to Big Tub Harbor where it now lies 20 feet underwater.
1911: This vessel embarked on its 99th voyage in Australian waters only to meet its fate at the mercy of a cyclone. None of the 122 passengers were found, with the exception of Moonshine, a racehorse aboard.
1915: During WWI, a German submarine U-20 fired a torpedo into this ship off the coast of Ireland in the Celtic Sea. Most of the nearly 1,200 passengers died in the sinking.
1941: As one of Germany’s most famous battleships in World War II, the Bismarck’s sinking symbolized (for many) the end of a time where battleships ruled the naval warfare force.
1974: Residing in Scotland’s River Clyde, this vessel (known as the “Sugar Boat” because of its cargo) sank when an oil tanker’s anchor chains ripped out its bottom. The sweet ending: British tugboats successfully rescued the ship’s crew.
MV Dona Paz
1987: Claiming the lives of 4,386 people, this wreck goes down as the deadliest maritime disaster during peacetime. “Asia’s Titanic” was struck by an oil tanker before catching fire. It now lies 5,866 feet under the Tablas Strait.
MV Le Joola
2002: This Senegalese ferry capsized off the coast of Gambia and became the second worst non-military maritime disaster with only about 60 survivors out of the nearly 2,000 patrons aboard.