If you've seen the movie "Titanic," with its vivid depiction of the last moments of a giant ocean liner, you can imagine how terrifying the sinking of a ship can be. But when the wrecked remains of these vessels are discovered on the ocean bottom, they have an surprisingly serene, even beautiful appearance, almost as if the suffering they once created has been washed away. Here are a few of the stirring images captured of these wrecks by underwater explorers.
, a British ship that carried mail, passengers, horses and assorted cargo, sank during a hurricane off the coast of Salt Island in the British Virgin Islands in October 1967 -- ironically, shortly after it had taken on passengers from another ship that was deemed less sturdy. Only 23 of the 146 crew and original passengers on board survived.
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