For those who love to take part in deep sea diving, shipwrecks offer a unique kind of experience. Exploring the site of a fallen ship can provide a haunting glimpse into the past, as well as a portrait of how marine life can adapt to its surroundings. Diving a wreck site is almost like a history lesson combined with a science-fiction narrative in one exhilarating, daring plunge. Here are eight amazing wrecks you can explore, should you be so inclined. While these wreck sites pose different challenges of varying degrees, they all will no doubt captivate the imaginations of those who pass through.
8. SS Thistlegorm, Red Sea
The SS Thistlegorm was a British merchant ship that brought supplies to the Allies during World War II. Unfortunately, a German bomber sunk the ship on Oct. 6, 1941 in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt. The ship’s split hull and remaining antique war supplies give divers much to explore.
7. USAT Liberty, Bali, Indonesia
The USAT Liberty was another casualty of World War II. This U.S. Army cargo ship was hit by a Japanese torpedo in January 1942 and beached on the island of Bali. Its close location to shore makes it easily accessible. The ocean has since claimed the ship, as it resembles more of a structured piece of marine growth with the sea life that now covers the vessel.
6. Fujikawa Maru, Truk Lagoon
Two years after the Japanese torpedoed the USAT Liberty, the U.S. took down the Fujikawa Maru. The Maru was originally a cargo ship that became acquired by the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. It sunk on Feb. 18, 1944, after the U.S. military launched an air attack on Japanese ships in Truk Lagoon (now Chuuk Lagoon) in the central Pacific, in which the Fujikawa Maru was repeatedly hit. Today, the location of the sunken ship is considered one of the best dive sites in the lagoon due to much of the wreckage being intact and for the marine life that has since overgrown.
5. MS Zenobia, Cyprus
The Swedish ship MS Zenobia sank on its maiden voyage in June 1980. After enduring issues with the ballast, the ship capsized and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Cyprus. The site of the wreck can be an ideal location for divers of varying qualifications and experience levels. The ship is nearly 600 feet long, and offers more skillful divers the opportunity to swim through the ship’s cargo decks. But divers beware: while there were no casualties when the MS Zenobia sunk, several scuba divers have since lost their lives while diving the wreck.
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