As you know, the bottom of the sea holds countless mysteries and we often hear news about shipwrecks, recovered treasures, unusual objects and even unknown animals.
Here are 5 of the most unusual objects that have been recovered from the seabed:
- Pirate Ship
We’ve all heard of the famous Blackbeard pirate. In 1718, the dreaded pirate had to intentionally sink his ship called “Queen Anne’s Revenge” when it was stranded near Beaufort, North Carolina, USA. After 3 centuries, a team of archaeologists has managed to save dozens of cannons from the depths. Unfortunately, the Blackbeard did not leave any map or treasure on board the ship.
2. The City of Egypt
An entire city under water. This is Thonis-Heracleion, which disappeared 1200 years ago due to a series of earthquakes, tsunamis and sea level rise.
It was discovered in 2000, 10 meters deep in the Mediterranean Sea, after more than a decade of research, and the artifacts continue to be saved and uncovered even today.
3. Tons of Silver
Composed of 48 tons of silver bars, this discovery became known as “the greatest treasure of precious metals in the sunken world.”
The pieces reached sea level when the British ship SS Gairsoppa was torpedoed by a German submarine in 1941, during World War II. It was discovered in 2013, at a depth of 4700 meters, 500 kilometers off the coast of Ireland.
4. Antikythera Mechanism
This complex mechanism was found on an island in southern Greece in the early twentieth century and to this day intrigues researchers around the world.
The object is 2,000 years old and no one can say for sure what it was created for, although the latest theories suggest that this piece was part of the oldest computer in the world, used for astronomical calculations.
5. Apollo 11 Engine Engines
Upon returning from the moon, the shuttle of the Apollo 11 mission had to be intentionally crashed in the Pacific Ocean.
The recovery of the ship’s engines that carried the first humans to the moon was orchestrated by billionaire Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, and the operation was carried out using remote-controlled vehicles.