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1 RMS Titanic: a White Star liner on a trans-Atlantic run, collided with an iceberg on Grand Banks of Newfoundland in 1912 and sank with heavy loss of life in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. 39202
2 North Carolina 40' 41.43.808 N 81.22.885 W 14720
3 Algeria 40' 41.31.225 N 81.42.944 W 13137
4 Coyote: 1924, Scuttled. 8221
5 Tasmania 40' 41.47.303 N 82.29.811 W 6730
6 Ming Dynasty Chinese merchant boat, sunk off the coast of Marinduque. </ref> 5656
7 Oxford 170' 42.28.855 N 79.51.843 W 5501
8 RMS Lusitania: a British ocean liner torpedoed and sunk by the U-boat U-20, on 7 May 1915.thumb|The bow of the Ranga, wrecked at Dunmore Head, near Dingle on the 11th March, 1982, is visible today 4632
9 German battleship Bismarck: German battleship sunk in 1941. 3620
10 RMS Queen Elizabeth: sank 9 January 1972 after fire in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong. 3040
11 Edmund Fitzgerald 320; 2788
12 Mary Celeste: a brigantine found in 1872 in the Atlantic Ocean, unmanned and under full sail, heading towards the Strait of Gibraltar. 2382
13 HMHS Britannic: Sister ship to the RMS Titanic, struck a mine off the Greek island of Kea on 21 November 1916, and sank with the loss of 30 lives. {{Cite web 2064
14 RMS Carpathia: a Cunard Line transatlantic passenger steamship, torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat on 17 July 1918 off the east coast. This ship is famous for coming to RMS Titanics rescue in 1912. 1837
15 USS Indianapolis: a Portland-class cruiser of the United States Navy. She holds a place in history due to the notorious circumstances of her sinking, which was the deadliest single loss of life at sea in the history of the US Navy. After delivering critical parts for the first atomic bomb to the United States air base at Tinian on 26 July 1945, she was in the Philippine Sea when attacked at 0014 on 30 July 1945 by a Japanese submarine. 1757
16 USS Arizona (BB-39): a battleship lost in the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. 1704
17 Penelope 8' 41.30.562 N 82.02.443 W 1685
18 Kursk: a Russian nuclear submarine lost with all hands when it sank in the Barents Sea in 2000. It has since been raised. 1621
19 HMS Hood: British battlecruiser sunk in 1941. 1572
20 Admiral Graf Spee: a German battleship scuttled during the Battle of the River Plate on 17 December 1939. 1443
21 SS Andrea Doria: 1956, collision in Nantucket Sound. 1397
22 Mary Rose: a protected wrecksite, an English Tudor warship sunk in Portsmouth Harbour, possibly during an engagement with the French fleet on 19 July 1545. 1259
23 Liberty ship SS James Eagan Layne: situated in 22 m of water in Whitsand Bay, Cornwall at 50°19.54N; 4°14.65W next to the wreck of HMS Scylla. 1253
24 Japanese midget submarine M84: sank some time after 31 May 1942 after being shelled during attack on Sydney harbour, with 2 lives lost. 1245
25 SS Eastland: a passenger ship that sank in the Chicago River on 24 July 1915. 1212
26 USS Monitor: lost off Cape Hatteras on 31 December 1862. 1159
27 Kiowa: 1903, Rammed by steamer Admiral Dewy while anchored in snowstorm. 1156
28 USS Scorpion: was a nuclear submarine that sank in 1968 with all hands due to a torpedo hot-run, and subsequent failure to shutdown prior to torpedo arming and detonation. The vessel has 2 nuclear warheads and one nuclear reactor. 1066
29 CSS H. L. Hunley: placed on National Register of Historic Places in 1978. 1054
30 Vasa: a Swedish galleon foundered on her maiden voyage and sunk in Stockholm on 10 August 1628. 1048
31 USS Thresher: sank in 1963 during deep-diving trials with all hands on board. Flooding had led to a reactor shutdown, and the sailors were unable to surface due to a malfunction in the emergency blow system. It lies on the seafloor with one nuclear reactor in place. 1023
32 ARA General Belgrano: destroyed during the Falklands War in 1982. 978
33 MS Estonia: a cruiseferry built in 1980. The ship sunk in the Baltic Sea about 100 km from Turku, Finland, on 28 September 1994, claiming 852 lives in one of the worst maritime disasters in modern history. 912
34 Prinz Eugen: an Admiral Hipper class cruiser that was damaged at Bikini Atoll by atomic bomb test, towed to Kwajalein, capsized, and sunk in 1946. 846
35 USS Yorktown (CV-5): sunk 1942 at Battle of Midway, wreck discovered 1998. 770
36 SS American Star: ran aground on Fuerteventura under tow on January 1993, then split in half and the stern sank. 764
37 HMS Ark Royal: British aircraft carrier torpedoed by the German submarine U-81 on 13 November 1941 727
38 HMS Prince of Wales: British battleship sunk by Japanese air attack off the East coast of Malaya on 10 December 1941 (see also Sinking of Prince of Wales and Repulse). 679
39 White Ship: a 12th century vessel that sank in the English Channel near the Normandy coast off Barfleur, on 25 November 1120. 679
40 Graf Zeppelin: Germany's only aircraft carrier in World War II, scuttled after the war by the Soviet Navy. 675
41 USS Oriskany (CV-34): aircraft carrier sunk in 2006 to form an artificial reef. 660
42 USS Saratoga (CV-3): sunk at Bikini Atoll by atomic bomb test in 1946. 646
43 USS Nevada (BB-36): sunk off Hawaii as a target ship after atomic bomb tests in 1948. 547
44 Bluenose: a Canadian schooner foundered on a reef on 28 January 1946. 539
45 HMS Royal Oak: British battleship torpedoed in Scapa Flow in 1939. 530
46 Ocean Ranger: oil platform sunk in winter storm on Grand Banks in 1982. 521
47 USS Wasp (CV-7): sunk 1942 enroute to Guadalcanal. 479
48 USS Hornet (CV-8): sunk 1942 at Battle of Santa Cruz Islands. 477
49 CSS Alabama: a screw sloop-of-war sunk off Cherbourg-Octeville during the American Civil War on 11 June 1864. 477
50 Nagato: sunk at Bikini Atoll by atomic bomb test in 1946. 467
51 Pamir: sunk in Hurricane Carrie 466
52 Soviet submarine K-278 Komsomolets: caught fire and sank in the Barents Sea in 1989, with 2 nuclear weapons and 2 nuclear reactors still on board. 439
53 HMS Sheffield :destroyed during the Falklands War in 1982. 426
54 HMS Repulse: British battlecruiser sunk by Japanese air attack off the East coast of Malaya on 10 December 1941 (see also Sinking of Prince of Wales and Repulse). 422
55 USS Pennsylvania (BB-38):, sunk off Kwajalein after atomic bomb tests in 1948. 406
56 Batavia: Dutch VOC merchant sailing ship, 1629. 401
57 USS Oklahoma (BB-37): originally sunk during Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. Raised, sunk while under tow between Hawaii and California. 380
58 Kormoran: German merchant raider scuttled after being damaged in battle by HMAS Sydney in 1941. 341
59 MTS Oceanos: a cruise liner sank off the Transkei Coast, after leaving East London on route to Durban on 3 August 1991. 331
60 Soviet submarine K-219: sank in 1986 (after an alleged collision with USS Augusta) due to an explosion in a missile tube and a fire, which disabled the submarine and led to evacuation. The boat sank with her 2 nuclear reactor plants, 16 SS-N-6 liquid-fueled missiles, and 34 nuclear warheads. 323
61 USS Utah (BB-31): a battleship lost in the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. 296
62 MS Sea Diamond: a Greek cruise ship that struck a reef off the harbor of Santorini island and sank the following day on 6 April 2007. 284
63 USS Arkansas (BB-33): sunk at Bikini Atoll by atomic bomb test in 1946. 282
64 MV Princess of the Stars: passenger ferry sank in San Fernando, Romblon, on 21 June 2008 leaving 500+ people dead and 60+ survivors. 266
65 SS Richard Montgomery: a cargo ship run aground off the Nore in the Thames Estuary on 20 August 1944. A protected wrecksite, designated as dangerous. 265
66 MV Derbyshire: 169,000 ton bulk carrier sank on 10 September 1980 off the coast of Okinawa, Japan claiming the lives of all 44 on board. The Kowloon Bridge was a sistership. 264
67 U-864: a German Type IXD2 submarine. Scuttled on 9 February 1945 by British sub HMS Venturer while on a logistics mission to Japan. 263
68 Kirishima: Japanese Kongo-class battleship. 259
69 HMS Victoria: British battleship sank in 1893 257
70 Nancy:, 1927, Dragged anchor onto beach in storm. 250
71 HMS Queen Mary: magazine explosion during the Battle of Jutland, 1916. The site is a protected place. 247
72 HMS Hermes: the world's first purpose-built aircraft carrier sunk after receiving 40 direct hits from Vice-Admiral Chuichi Nagumo's 70 Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter/bombers off the coast of Sri Lanka, near Batticaloa, on 9 April 1942. 234
73 RMS Lancastria: a Cunard Liner sunk in the Loire River estuary during World War II on 17 June 1940. 231
74 Cap Arcona: a German luxury ocean liner sunk in Lübeck Bay on 3 May 1945. 217
75 SS Ourang Medan: Dutch freighter allegedly lost under suspicious circumstances in 1947 or 1948. 217
76 HMS Coventry: sunk by Argentine aircraft during the Falklands War in 1982. 217
77 USS Cairo: a river gunboat struck a torpedo in the Yazoo River and sank on 12 December 1862. 217
78 USS Princeton: a United States Navy Independence-class aircraft carrier lost at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944. 216
79 USS New York (BB-34): sunk as a target ship off Hawaii after atomic bomb tests in 1948. 214
80 HMS Invincible: shell struck magazine during the Battle of Jutland, 1916. The site is a protected place. 209
81 Canton: whaling ship ran aground at Kanton Island in 1854. 207
82 U-20: run aground and sunk by her crew on the following day, 5 November 1916. 203
83 USS Wahoo: sunk by Japanese aircraft in La Perouse (Soya) Strait between Hokkaidō and Sakhalin during WWII. 197
84 Hiei: Japanese Kongo-class battleship. 197
85 Antikythera wreck: a 75–50 BC wreck discovered in October 1900 near the island of Antikythera. The wreck contained many artifacts and, most importantly, the Antikythera mechanism. 196
86 Atlantic Conveyor: British merchant ship, now a protected wreck site, sunk by Exocet missile during the Falklands War. 192
87 USS Samuel B. Roberts: a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort, sunk during the Battle off Samar. 190
88 Canberra: Australian Kent-class cruiser. 189
89 Carroll A. Deering: ran aground at Cape Hatteras in 1921. 188
90 Diosa del Mar: ran aground on Ship Rock at Santa Catalina Island, California. 180
91 Soviet submarine K-159: accidentally sank while being towed in the Barents Sea. She was decommissioned prior to sinking, but both of her nuclear reactors are still onboard. 179
92 HMS Birkenhead: a British iron-hulled troopship that struck a submerged rock near Gansbaai, Western Cape on 26 February 1852. 174
93 USS St. Lo: a Casablanca-class escort carrier of the United States Navy during World War II. On October 25, 1944, St. Lo became the first major warship to sink as the result of a kamikaze attack. The attack occurred during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. USS_St._Lo,_following_the_impact_of_a_Kamikaze_aircraft_at_the_Battle_of_the_Leyte_Gulf._The_first_major_warship_to_sink_as_the_result_of_a_kamikaze_attack.">Image:SL Exp 5.jpg|thumb|The first major explosion onboard the USS St. Lo, following the impact of a Kamikaze aircraft at the Battle of the Leyte Gulf. The first major warship to sink as the result of a kamikaze attack. 173
94 SS Thistlegorm: sunk by German bombers in 1941 near Sharm el-Sheikh. 165
95 HMS Indefatigable: magazine explosion during the Battle of Jutland, 1916. The site is a protected place. 163
96 Vrouw Maria: a Dutch merchant ship, ran aground and sunk on 9 October 1771. 161
97 Alkimos: Greek merchant ship, 1963. 161
98 Mighty Servant 2: Dutch heavy-lift ship off Singkep in 1999. 159
99 SS Central America: steamship sank in a storm 9 September 1857. 154
100 U-869: discovered off the coast of New Jersey in 1991. 150
101 Atlanta: US Atlanta-class anti-aircraft cruiser. 148
102 Whydah Gally: sank in a storm off Cape Cod in 1717. 145
103 Northampton: US Northampton-class heavy cruiser. 144
104 HMS Ardent: destroyed during the Falklands War in 1982. 140
105 HMS Audacious: a British battleship that sank after striking a German mine near Lough Swilly, 27 October 1914. 140
106 HMS Antelope: destroyed during the Falklands War in 1982. 138
107 HMS M2: a British aircraft-carrying submarine shipwrecked in Lyme Bay on 26 January 1932. 138
108 Peter Iredale: Ran aground off coast of Astoria in 1906, still remains on beach. 137
109 MT Haven (formerly Amoco Milford Haven): sunk off Genoa following an onboard explosion and fire. Largest wreck in Mediterranean Sea. 134
110 USS Gambier Bay: a Casablanca class escort carrier of the United States Navy. She was sunk in the Battle off Samar after helping to turn back a much larger attacking Japanese surface force in 1944. 133
111 Resurgam II: a protected wrecksite, sank near Rhyl on 25 February 1880. 132
112 Aaron Ward: US Gleaves-class destroyer. 131
113 Soviet submarine K-8: caught fire and sank while being towed in the Bay of Biscay in 1970. Four nuclear warheads and two nuclear reactors are still onboard. 131
114 U-853: sunk off Block Island by USN blimps' rockets on 6 May 1945. 130
115 Uluburun shipwreck: a merchant shipwreck dating to the late Bronze Age. 130
116 Carl D. Bradley 129
117 Honda Point Disaster: nine United States Navy ships run aground off Lompoc, California in 1923. 129
118 MV Queen of the North: a RO-RO ferry run aground on Gil Island in Wright Sound on 22 March 2006. 124
119 MS al-Salam Boccaccio 98: passenger ferry sank near Duba, Saudi Arabia on 2 February 2006 123
120 USS Housatonic: sunk by CSS Hunley. 120
121 French battleship Bretagne: Lead ship of her class, sunk 3 July 1940. 119
122 SS General von Steuben: a German luxury passenger liner turned armored transport ship that was torpedoed and sunk by Soviet submarine S-13 on 11 February 1945. 119
123 Wahine: 1968 ran aground, capsized, 51 lives lost. 116
124 SS Valencia: a passenger steamer wrecked off the coast of Vancouver Island on 23 January 1906. 115
125 L'Orient: Napoleon's flagship, sunk in Aboukir Bay during the Battle of the Nile on 1 August 1798. 115
126 Sygna: ran aground in 1974 near Newcastle. 114
127 Astoria: US New Orleans-class cruiser. 114
128 Soviet submarine K-27: scuttled in the Kara Sea in 1982 by the Soviet Navy. The boat had suffered irreparable nuclear reactor plant damage at sea in 1968. Both nuclear reactors are still onboard. 113
129 USS New York: a United States Navy armored cruiser, laid down on 19 September 1890, participated in the Spanish-American War and was subsequently scuttled in Subic Bay to prevent Japanese capture during WWII. </ref> 111
130 USS Lexington (CV-2): sunk 1942 at Battle of the Coral Sea. 110
131 RMS Tayleur: a White Star Line clipper ran aground and sank off Lambay Island circa 8 km (5 mi) from Dublin Bay on 21 January 1854. 110
132 SMS Viribus Unitis: an Austro-Hungarian Tegetthoff-class dreadnought battleship sunk at anchor at Pula in the Adriatic Sea by Italian human torpedo on 1 November 1918. 109
133 RMS Atlantic: a White Star Line ocean liner, ran aground near Meagher's Island on 1 April 1873. 108
134 USS LST-480: a tank landing ship sunk following the West Loch Disaster in Pearl Harbor on 21 May 1944. 106
135 SS Morro Castle: fire off Asbury Park. 104
136 HMS Pandora: struck and wrecked on the Great Barrier Reef on 28 August 1791. 103
137 SMS Dresden (1907): sunk by its own crew near Robinson Crusoe Island in 1915. 99
138 HMAS Vampire: Royal Australian Navy destroyer sunk by Japanese air attack in 1942. 99
139 Daniel J. Morrell 98
140 USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32): sunk as an artificial reef off Florida Keys in 2002. 97
141 New Carissa: Freighter which ran aground near Coos Bay in 1999 and was wrecked. Bow section towed out to sea and sunk; stern section remains on beach. 97
142 HMS Warrior: foundered during tow after severe damage in the Battle of Jutland. The site is a protected place. 96


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