It's a terrifying scenario: sinking along with a ship in the middle of an enormous body of water, submerging below the surface. Always a tragic event, ships and other oceanic vessels have succumbed to such fates for hundreds of years. And despite the tremendous loss, tragedies such as shipwrecks eventually offer us a virtually timeless look back into history and before unseen treasures. Things have a way of freezing in time, encapsulated forever, when they reach the ocean floor—and in this way the sea is really more like the world's largest museum than anything else. In the 1950s, Swedish explorers discovered an ancient warship in the Baltic Sea named Vasa that is believed to have been constructed between 1626 and 1628. More than 18 months and 1,300 dives later, and crews lifted the ship to shore where it's since been impeccably restored and is on display in Stockholm. In another discovery, an underwater robot discovered a Greek shipping boat believed to be used around 350 B.C. stranded 200-feet down in the Aegean Sea.
These ships give us a snapshot of what life was like long ago. Thanks to the amazing work of dedicated and curious underwater explorers and the advancement of technology, we are now able to recover, analyze and appreciate these wrecks more than ever. What other secrets might the ocean floor conceal? Dive deep into history as this playlist takes you down through murky depths where sunken treasures await discovery.