The Titanic disaster of April 1912, which killed over 1,500 people, has always fascinated professionals and laypeople.
The whereabouts of some of history’s most infamous ships, such as the Mary Celeste, MV Joyita, USS Cyclops, Santa Maria, Flora de la Mar, and Merchant Royal, is still a mystery.
The Mary Celeste, discovered derelict on December 4, 1872, in the Atlantic Ocean between Portugal and the Azores, is still one of the biggest maritime mysteries. Aliens or a colossal squid were blamed for the ship’s crew’s disappearance, including Captain Benjamin Briggs. Some people have speculated that the crew was attacked by a colossal squid or captured by aliens, while others have said that the commander went insane and slaughtered everyone on board.
With 304 lives lost, the USS Cyclops was the First World War’s most significant loss for the United States Navy. After the ship vanished north of Puerto Rico, rumors circulated that Worley was a spy, that Bolsheviks were involved, that the crew was treacherous, and that the vessel was carrying 10,800 tons of manganese and 1,000 tonnes of coal.
It is estimated that the Flora de la Mar carries a cargo of diamonds, gold, and other goods worth more than £ 1 billion, making it one of the most sought-after missing wrecks. One of the most precious wrecks ever was the Merchant Royal, a trading vessel that went down in heavy weather off Cornwall’s Land’s End in September 1641.
American search crew Odyssey Marine Exploration located what they thought was the Merchant Royal in 2007; however, coins uncovered on the site indicated that it was instead a Spanish ship. The anchor of the Merchant Royal was recovered in 2019 from waters near Cornwall, but the boat itself has yet to be located.