Did you know South Africa has over 2,000 shipwrecks off it's coastline? Check out 34 more amazing facts about Mzansi! ^_^

Did you know South Africa has over 2,000 shipwrecks off it's coastline? Check out 34 more amazing facts about Mzansi! ^_^

The Dutch East India (VOC) ship Zuytdorp was lost without trace in the winter of 1712 en route from the Netherlands to Batavia (now Jakarta). The vessel was carrying a rich cargo and considerable silver bullion.  Of the seven VOC, English East India Company, Portuguese and American East India ships known to be lost off the coast of Western Australia, Zuytdorp is the only wreck from which survivors did not reach Batavia to tell the tale Zuytdorp - Illustration from WA Museum

The Dutch East India (VOC) ship Zuytdorp was lost without trace in the winter of 1712 en route from the Netherlands to Batavia (now Jakarta). The vessel was carrying a rich cargo and considerable silver bullion. Of the seven VOC, English East India Company, Portuguese and American East India ships known to be lost off the coast of Western Australia, Zuytdorp is the only wreck from which survivors did not reach Batavia to tell the tale Zuytdorp - Illustration from WA Museum

DISCOVERING THE BATAVIA WRECK VOC – United Dutch East India Company | Western Australian Museum

DISCOVERING THE BATAVIA WRECK VOC – United Dutch East India Company | Western Australian Museum

DIVER INSPECTING BATAVIA ANCHOR VOC – United Dutch East India Company | Western Australian Museum

DIVER INSPECTING BATAVIA ANCHOR VOC – United Dutch East India Company | Western Australian Museum

BATAVIA GALLERY VOC – United Dutch East India Company | Western Australian Museum

BATAVIA GALLERY VOC – United Dutch East India Company | Western Australian Museum

The Lost Ship of the Desert is the subject of legends about ancient ships found in California's Colorado Desert.

20 Photos Of The Shipwrecks Of The Aral Sea

The Lost Ship of the Desert is the subject of legends about ancient ships found in California's Colorado Desert.

The royal coin.The "Tricentennial Royal" coin pictured here was die-cast, unlike most coins minted in the Spanish colonies during the 1700s. Credit: 1715 Fleet Queens Jewels, LLC

Million-Dollar Find: Shipwreck's Golden Treasure Includes Very Rare Coin

The royal coin.The "Tricentennial Royal" coin pictured here was die-cast, unlike most coins minted in the Spanish colonies during the 1700s. Credit: 1715 Fleet Queens Jewels, LLC

The Gribshunden was the flagship in the Danish King Hans' fleet. In 1495, the king was making his way to Kalmar in what is now Sweden, when he briefly left the ship to conduct business at the port at Ronneby. While he was away, the ship burst into flames and sank, with many killed. Here, an image of a ship that dates to roughly the same time period, which was taken from a church in the region. (Photo credit: Foto Ingemar Lundgren, Ocean Discovery) drawing of the Gribshunden

Photos of Terrifying Monster Figurehead

The Gribshunden was the flagship in the Danish King Hans' fleet. In 1495, the king was making his way to Kalmar in what is now Sweden, when he briefly left the ship to conduct business at the port at Ronneby. While he was away, the ship burst into flames and sank, with many killed. Here, an image of a ship that dates to roughly the same time period, which was taken from a church in the region. (Photo credit: Foto Ingemar Lundgren, Ocean Discovery) drawing of the Gribshunden

monster shipheadThe figurehead, shows a fantasy creature, with both leonine and crocodilian in appearance. It may in fact be a Grip Dog — a mashup of the mythical Greek griffon and a dog — or it may be a sea monster clutching a human head in its mouth. (Photo credit: Johan Ronnby) The Gribshunden was the flagship in the Danish King Hans' fleet

Photos of Terrifying Monster Figurehead

monster shipheadThe figurehead, shows a fantasy creature, with both leonine and crocodilian in appearance. It may in fact be a Grip Dog — a mashup of the mythical Greek griffon and a dog — or it may be a sea monster clutching a human head in its mouth. (Photo credit: Johan Ronnby) The Gribshunden was the flagship in the Danish King Hans' fleet

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