Underwater Wreckage PhotosSunken TugboatPhotograph by Heather Perry, NationalGeographicAn abundance of shallow reefs have made theBritish Virgin Islands a scuba divers paradise—and a boat captains nightmare. Here, thewreck of a tugboat rests in its sandy Caribbeangrave.
Cayman Islands WreckPhotograph by Joe Stancampiano, National GeographicDivers and fish hover over the remains of a ship that broke up on one of the many shallow reefsaround the Cayman Islands, West Indies.
Prow of the Titanic Photograph by Emory Kristof, National GeographicA submersibles lighting gives a ghostly glow to the rusted prow of the R.M.S. Titanic. The famed ocean liner, which sank after hitting an iceberg in April 1912, was discovered in 1985 near Newfoundland under some 12,500 feet (3,800 meters) of water.
World War II Plane Photograph by David Doubilet, National GeographicA diver explores the wreckage of a Japanese World War II fighter plane near the town of Rabaulin Papua New Guinea. The waters around Rabaul, which was a Japanese stronghold during the war, are strewn with the broken remains of both Allied and Axis warships and aircraft.
U.S.S. President CoolidgePhotograph by David Doubilet, National GeographicDivers swim near a guntub on the sunken U.S.S. President Coolidge near Vanuatus EspirituSanto Island. Built in 1931 as a luxury cruise liner, the Coolidge was converted to military useduring World War II. It sank in 1942 after inadvertently striking an American mine whileapproaching Espiritu Santo.
Philippines Wreck Photograph by Wolcott Henry, National Geographic The rusted hulk of a shipwreck sits in shallow water off Tubbataha Reef in the Philippines.Covering more than 81,000 acres (32,000 hectares) in the heavily trafficked Sulu Sea, shallow Tubbataha has scuttled more than its share of vessels.
Coral-Encrusted WreckPhotograph by David Doubilet, National GeographicThe reefs of the Red Sea are as deadly as they are rich. Here, divers explore the coral-encrustedremains of the British Carnatic, which sunk in September 1869 after running aground nearGubal Island.
Sunken Treasure Photograph by Bill Curtsinger, National Geographic A gold chalice is flanked by an amphora (left) and a two-handled cup called a kylix (right) amid the wreckage of an ancient merchant vessel in the Mediterranean Sea. The 50-foot (15-meter)ship was laden with valuables and commodities when it sank some 3,400 years ago near Turkey.
Bahamas WreckPhotograph by Nick Caloyianis, National GeographicCenturies of heavy trans-Atlantic maritime traffic has littered North Americas coastal waterswith unfortunate ships like this small vessel near the Bahamas.