What is a shipwreck? ... the wrecking process

The chain of events that turns a living ship into a mass of unrecognizable debris is called the wrecking process. Some wrecks disintegrate quickly, while others come apart in slow motion revealing their inner secrets.

The image sequence below is an artist's view of the wrecking process showing the sinking, salvage, decay, collapse, sedimentation and disturbance of a typical wreck.

There are many real examples.


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