How Many Shipwrecks Are There?

It is estimated that there are over three million shipwrecks worldwide! Less than 1% of these wrecks have actually been explored. Some wrecks are actively being looked for, including the Bonhomme Richard, but many are found by accident. The Dokos shipwreck is the oldest known wreck, dated to 2700-2200 BC. The ship itself has long deteriorated, but artifacts still remain. It is located off the southern coast of Greece.

An image of the possible wreck of the Bonhomme Richard off the coast of England. Courtesy of OTF.