How long does a shipwreck remain?

February 15, 2007

There was a cargo shipwreck on near me on October 6th 2006. All hands were lost in a big storm. I wondered about paddling out to have a look at the shipwreck but for various reasons didn’t make it. I then thought that the ship might have been ‘salvaged’. This was a vague term in my head but basically broken up and taken away for scrap. But maybe this hasn’t happened. An image, posted by Southwest Sea Kayaking, of the RMS Mulheim wrecked in 2003 off the coast of Cornwall shows the ship slowly breaking up.

And this image of the American Star and associated story suggest that wrecks can stay where they were wrecked for a long time.

I should get up there to my wreck and have a look.


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