Arrrrr matey! Surrender yer booty! Treasure hunters worldwide have long ventured out, seeking those mythic tributes to tales of tragedy and adventure in the ferocious hands of Mother Nature: the Shipwreck.
Gargantuan ships brought to their deaths by powerful waves and jagged rocks, shipwrecks slowly fade and decay, inspiring
awe and wonder in those lucky enough to journey (safely!) to their
final resting place.
Although ostensibly ruined, shipwrecks often hold a great amount of
beauty in their wake. Mountainous hulks of rusted out metal, perched on
the edges of deserts, drowning at the bottom of the ocean, or unveiled,
resting on the sandy floor of a vanishing sea. It’s hard
not to romanticize it a little, to step into the shoes of Captain Jack
Sparrow or Rose DeWitt Bukater.
People have long been drawn to these majestic catastrophes, and come up
with all sorts of interesting reasons to have more than a casual look
at the shipwrecks of yore. The Skeleton Coast on the edge
of Namibia, named for the whales and ships alike that come to die on
its shore, has become a popular place for
adventurers to come and have a guided safari. Many have journeyed into the desert to visit it's clay castles and sand dunes.
Brave adventurers can also opt to set out into the murky depths and poke around in
one of the sunken ships. The USS Oriskany, an old aircraft
carrier sunk 22 miles from the shore in Pensacola, Florida, is a
popular spot for diving enthusiasts. For those who prefer diving
and ship sightseeing in Australia, there are many sunken treasures on the historic Gold Coast.
For those travelers who would rather stay dry, there's always shipwreck sightseeing to be had from the comfort of a glass bottom
boat in the Bermuda Triangle. There’s plenty to see, so
have fun and Bon Voyage!