Humanity has been struggling to conquer the oceanic frontiers for over ten thousand years. What began as small wooden rafts are now seaworthy steel cities, capable of traversing the world’s oceans in days. Yet for as long as we have been sailing the oceans, ships have sunk. Many of what were once great vessels designed to travel the seas are now sunken fixed points. Shipwrecks exist as isolated locations for divers, as ecosystems for marine wildlife, and often serve as a reminder of our hubris.
World War II Retiree
The USS Saratoga was considered surplus to the US fleet after World War II and sank as a result of an underwater Nuclear test in Bikini Atoll, in The Marchall Islands that lifted the 270m (880ft) ship out of the water.
A diver directs his light toward the camera as a sizable shipwreck in the waters of the Shangri-La reef in the Philippines sits slowly disintegrating behind them.