The Top 5 Worst Ship Sinkings of the Last Hundred Years

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When imaging the last century, if you hear terms such as “shipwreck” or “sinking ship,” the chances are good that you immediately imagine the infamous sinking of the RMS Titanic. While that sinking was one of history’s worst maritime disasters, it is actually no longer a part of the history of the last hundred years, happening in 1912 as it did. And awful as that catastrophe was, it was in fact far from the worst wreck of recent history, both in terms of the lives lost or the great loss of money and materiel associated with the infamous ocean liner.
The Top 5 Worst Ship Sinkings of the Last Hundred Years

5The Most Expensive Shipwreck

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In terms of total value both lost and spent in the wake of a shipwreck, the 2002 sinking of an oil tanker called Prestige ranks as the most expensive wreck. The 77,000 tons (that is millions of gallons, FYI) of fuel lost in the sinking were worth millions and millions of dollars alone, as was the massive vessel itself. But it was the massive cleanup effort along the northwestern coasts of Spain and Portugal that was the true cost of the disaster: all said and done, more than twelve billion dollars were expended.

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