GOOGLE Maps puts land and sea at your fingertips – check out the craziest shipwreck sites from around the world.
These ships met a disastrous end due to rough water, a bad captain and a nuclear explosion.
“There is no danger of the Titanic sinking. The boat is unsinkable and passengers will experience nothing but inconvenience,” White Star Line vice president Phillip Franklin said upon hearing news of a collision.
Over the next two and a half hours, the Titanic would take on water, split in half and leave survivors adrift in frigid waters in total darkness – an estimated 1,500 people died in the accident.
The wreck site is visible on Google Earth by entering the coordinates 41.7325°N, 49.9469°W.
During the First World War the ship was put into service as a hospital ship – international treaties required the ship to be painted white to distinguish itself as a carrier of the wounded.
In 1935 the ship was decommissioned and her propellers removed – a storm separated her from a towboat carrying the SS Maheno.
The ship and the small crew on board washed up on Fraser Island – the men spent eight days on the island while the boat remains there to this day.
Locate the ship on Google Earth by searching for Fraser Island, Australia.
Costa Concordia Disaster
The Costa Concordia hit a rock off the Tuscan coast of Italy in 2012 and capsized – 32 people died in the accident.
The ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, was sentenced to 16 years in prison on multiple manslaughter and other maritime charges.
The total cost of the wreck, between lost assets and scrapping, was said to be about $2 billion Reuters.
Although you can’t see the Costa Concordia wreck on Google Maps, it can show you exactly where the boat sank and the route the ship took.
The Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded in a fire caused by human error and poor design, and was made worse by a secretive and rigid Soviet government.
About 1,000 square miles were evacuated due to the radiation escaping from the reactor into the atmosphere – the port of Chernobyl is inside what is now the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
Thomas Windisch, a photographer who explored the site, narrates Daily Mail that some boats were commissioned during the cleanup, but most have remained unused since 1986.
USS Palo Alto
The USS Palo Alto was built for World War I, but the conflict ended before the ship could be deployed.
The ship was shipped to Aptos, California, where its concrete structure earned it the nickname “The Cement Boat.”
Dozens of rotting ships bob in the water at the Staten Island Boat Graveyard.
The ships lay in port to be sold or scrapped, but no one was interested.
Shipwreck on the Thames
Wrecks along the Thames are visible on Google Maps.
In 1665, an English naval ship named London was accidentally blown up and sank – its wreckage was discovered inside 2005.
Last year it was decided to load a ship from the Second World War explosive that had sunk in the Thames would be broken up and deactivated.
Shipwreck in the Garden of Eden
This ship sank in a river of religious importance in Iraq.
On Google Maps, the boat can be seen partially submerged in the Shatt al-Arab River off the Iraqi coast.
The swamps of the Shatt al-Arab are believed to have inspired the biblical Garden of Eden The Atlantic.
SS Francisco Morazan
This ship is located off South Manitou Island in Lake Michigan.
The crew had difficulty navigating due to poor visibility caused by snow.
The ship has been aground since 1960.
Seafaring and the navigation inventions associated with it are one of the greatest achievements of mankind.
Although we are familiar with many significant shipwrecks, there are undoubtedly centuries of unknown sunken boats that have lost their battle with the ocean.
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