Special Report

29 Shipwrecks Found Since the Discovery of the Titanic

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1999: RMS Carpathia
> Year lost: 1917
> Location where found: West of Land’s End
> Found by: Argosy International Ltd

The British passenger liner RMS Carpathia is remembered for rescuing survivors from the Titanic in 1912. Unfortunately, the ship would meet its own doom in World War I, when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1917. The vessel was attacked as part of a convoy traveling from Liverpool to Boston and five people died. The wreck of Carpathia was found in 1999, by Argosy International Ltd., in 600 feet of water, about 185 miles west of Land’s End, England.

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2006: Graf Zeppelin
> Year lost: 1947
> Location where found: Baltic Sea
> Found by: Polish oil company

The Graf Zeppelin was Nazi Germany’s only aircraft carrier during World War II, though it was not put into service because construction was never completed. Germany scuttled the ship as the war was coming to an end. The Soviet Union raised it and then used it for target practice, sinking it in the Baltic Sea. A Polish oil company found it in 2006.

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2007: Korean 12th-century shipwreck
> Year lost: 12th century
> Location where found: Off the South Korean coast
> Found by: South Korean archaeologists

In 2007, South Korean archaeologists discovered a huge cache of well-preserved Korean porcelain from a 12th-century shipwreck, after local fishermen caught an octopus clutching an ancient plate and reported the find to authorities. The collection includes over 2,500 cups, bowls, and plates intended to be delivered to government officials and nobles of the Goryeo Dynasty.

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2007: Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes
> Year lost: 1804
> Location where found: Off the Portuguese coast
> Found by: Odyssey Marine Exploration

The Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, a Spanish frigate sunk by the Royal Navy in 1804, is one of the most valuable shipwrecks ever discovered. About $500 million in gold has been recovered from the wreck, which was found off the coast of Portugal in 2007. The Spanish and Peruvian governments both claimed ownership of the gold, and in 2012 a U.S. Supreme Court ruling granted Spain the rights to the treasure. The gold, along with other artifacts from the shipwreck, is now on display in museums across Spain.

2008: Two Brothers
> Year lost: 1823
> Location where found: Northwest of Honolulu
> Found by: Archaeologists working with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Captain George Pollard, whose ship the Essex was struck by a whale and sank in 1820 (it was an inspiration for “Moby Diсk”), lost another whaling vessel in a storm west of Hawaii in 1823. Pollard and his crew escaped and boarded their consort whaleship, Martha. The Two Brothers shipwreck was discovered 600 miles northwest of Honolulu in 2008 by archaeologists working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. The shipwreck has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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