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Very interesting historic wrecks

Historic shipwrecks. The wreck of Captain James Cook's HMS Endeavour, the vessel in which he sailed in a historic voyage to Australia and New Zealand between 1768 and 1771, has been found off the coast of the US state of Rhode Island.

In April 1770, Endeavour became the first European ship to reach the east coast of Australia, with Cook going ashore at Botany Bay. He then sailed north along the Australian coast, narrowly avoided disaster after running aground east of Queensland. Continuing westward she reached England after having been at sea for nearly three years.

The ship was largely forgotten after her Pacific voyage, spending the next three years hauling troops and cargo across the seas. Until today, she has been found and identified as Endeavour.








Another ship of historic interest is Wasa. It is a Swedish warship, built between 1626 and 1628. The ship sank after sailing roughly 1,300 m into her maiden voyage on 10 August 1628 in Stockholm harbour. The ship was salvaged with a largely intact hull in 1961. I was very interested in scuba diving at the time and remember well the recovery operation. She is now housed in a museum called Wasavarvet ("The Vasa Shipyard"). The ship is one of Sweden's most popular tourist attractions and has been seen by over 35 million visitors since 1961.

If you visit Sweden and Stockholm, you MUST go to Wasavarvet.






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