[dropcap]S[/dropcap]hips sink for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes they aren’t constructed well, sometimes they are constructed well but the fury and unpredictability of nature takes its toll, and other times a ship may be sunk by another ship.
Whatever the case may be, we are sure you will enjoy these interesting facts about sunken ships:
-During the Battle of Samar, an American destroyer charged the Japanese Navy and did so much damage before it was sunk that the passing Japanese ships saluted it.
-In 1987, treasure hunter Tommy Thompson found a ship named the SS Central America that had sunk more than a hundred years earlier. After recovering nearly $1 billion of gold he disappeared and has not been seen since.
-During WWII, the Japanese used manned suicide torpedoes called kaiten to destroy allied ships.
-Unsinkable Sam was a cat that served on various ships during WWII. Three of those ships sank and he survived each time.
-In 1703, Thomas Atkins was swept off the deck of his sinking ship onto another sinking ship. A second wave then swept him onto a lifeboat.
-The USS Tang was one of America’s most successful submarines during WWII before it sank itself with its own torpedo.
-In 1974, the CIA spent nearly $4 billion to construct a ship equipped with a nearly 5km claw in order to raise a sunken Soviet submarine.
-Titanic was not the greatest loss of life in US maritime history. In 1865 a steamboat carrying returning Union POWs sank and more than 1,700 people died.
-The greatest maritime disaster in world history was the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff (more than 9,000 deaths).
-Unfortunately, the story of the Wilhelm Gustloff has been lost to history for several reasons, the most significant being that it happened during WWII and it was a German ship.
-Only two years after the sinking of the Titanic, the Empress of Ireland sank in the Saint Lawrence River killing over a thousand people. Because of WWI, its story was largely forgotten.