Page 1 - Wonder Book Of Ships - Wrecks And Salvage
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Dv 6w1.ry oAon Itfu Liw"ool Soloqa lr.^dntta Dv @rv.ry AFTER' TEE WR,ECT. Coppor bgota being recovered by divers. The steging, it will be notio€4 )ras ben burdy oonstructad of ebip's tablos witFtbo legs ou! oE Wrecks and Salvage F t ehart of Great. Britain had o little mark 'placed wherever a - T I ship has been wrecked, the coastline would be almost hidden, end in some parts the little dots would lie in groups. Sometimes the danger is caused by rocks over which the sea flows at high wa,ter; eometimes by shoals like the Goodwin Sands, upon which so many great vessels and so many hundreds of lives have been lost. It is, however, not always through striking upon a hidden rock or shoal that a vessel is lost. fn narrow waters collisions often occur, and then one or both vessels may sink or be very badly damaged, as happened in l9ll when that great liner the OIAmpia collided in broad daylight with H.i\[.S. Hawke in the Solcnt. As will be seen by the picture, the Hawlce's borvs were crumpled into a shapeless rn&ss, while she was also considerably damaged under water, and was only kept afloat by the " collision mat," the edge' of which. shows just, above the water. Or, like bhe Titanic, a vessel may strike an iceberg and founder in deep water. I\fany splendid-vessels have entirely dis- appeared, and never been heard of again, and it is only possible to guess at the disaster. Another cause of danger to ships, perhaps the most terrible of all perils, is fire. Sometimes, too, a ship springs a leak which lets in water more rapidly than the pumps can control it. And nowadays, whert aU bY vessels are propelled bJrnmachinery, it frequently happens
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