The seas and oceans of our world have seen countless ships meet their demise. Some of these ships have become famous due to their historical significance, while others have faded into obscurity. This new infographic from the team at SIYachts.com looks at which bodies of water have had the most shipwrecks, and based on the data, the Atlantic Ocean is the clear leader with 25 shipwrecks. The infographic specifically mentions, however, that the data is based on the last 300 recorded shipwrecks as of February 11, 2023.
According to the data from their team, it was found that there are six bodies of water that have seen at least ten shipwrecks. These include the Atlantic Ocean (25), the South China Sea (17), the Black Sea (13), the Pacific Ocean (13), the East China Sea (12), and the Taiwan Strait (10). Other notable bodies of water included on this infographic include the Yellow Sea, the Adriatic Sea, and the Sea of Japan. There are several common causes that can lead to a shipwreck, like a fire aboard the vessel, collision with other vessels, or even just simply poor or flawed boat design that ultimately just causes the vessel to fail.
There are several famous shipwrecks throughout history, with the most famous likely being the RMS Titanic. At the time of the shipwreck, the Titanic was the largest ship afloat the time when it crashed into an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean back in 1912. Another famous shipwreck was the RMS Lusitania. This vessel launched originally in 1906, and for a short period of time was the largest passenger ship in the world. However, it unfortunately met its demise in 1915, when a German U-boat attacked it right off the coast of Ireland. In the shipwreck, more than 1,000 passengers and crew members of the ship had lost their lives.