Some in seaside communities would even use lanterns to lure ships too close to shore so the vessels would become wrecked—and vulnerable.
Sonar spotted the lost stern of the USS Abner Read, which was cleaved in two by an explosion during the Battle of the Aleutian Islands.
It was the biggest ship in the U.S. Navy and it disappeared without a trace. More than 100 years later, its fate remains unknown.
All eight crew members were eerily in position at their stations when the sub was discovered on the ocean floor. Why hadn't they run?
The San Jose galleon sank in 1708, along with its astounding stash of emeralds, silver and gems.
A pair of centuries-old shipwrecks were located thanks to the massive search effort for the missing Malaysian plane.
How a secret team of British divers hunted codes from German shipwrecks.
The last ship to bring slaves to the U.S. was torched to hide the crime. Its remains may have just been found.
Here are the 15 most intriguing finds of the year.
It’s Jack and Rose’s movie, but a lot of the people they meet had their own incredible stories.