Google Maps is a great application if you want to travel around the world from the comfort of your home. Sure, it’s also great to travel around the world in real life with step-by-step directions, but nothing beats traveling the world at the click of a button.
The mapping software allows you to capture incredibly detailed aerial photos from anywhere in the world. And after spying on your own houseyou can get a street view of your surroundings.
But it’s not just for surface exploration. Read on to learn how to explore shipwrecks and take a deep dive into coral reefs. You can even see the final resting place of the Titanic!
Here’s the backstory
You can see majestic landscapes and visit historic buildings with Google Maps and Google Earth. But few know that you can also spot shipwrecks and go underwater to take a snapshot of life and activities in the water.
You can even travel to the location of the ill-fated Titanic’s final resting place. Unfortunately, since the wreckage and debris are at a depth of about 12,500 feet, it’s impossible to see the ship from Google Maps. But that shouldn’t stop you from looking at how close she came to completing her journey.
A few years ago, Google had a special 3D underwater tour with National Geographic to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking. Unfortunately it no longer seems possible. If you’re still curious about where she is, you can find the Titanic at 41.725556, -49.946944 on Google Maps†
During the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, the USS Utah was sunk by extensive Japanese bombing. After some combat during WWI in Europe, she was transferred to Hawaii in 1931 to serve as a training ship. Which can view the wreckage of the USS Utah on Google Maps†
Staten Island Ship Graveyard
Have you ever wondered where ships go to die? There is a special shipbreaking yard on Staten Island in New York City.
It is an official dump for old wrecked tugs, barges and decommissioned ferries. It was established in 1930 and its official name is the Donjon Iron and Metal Scrap Processing Facility. You can view various shipwrecks on Google Maps†
Found just offshore between Key Largo and French Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the SS Benwood lies 45 feet below the surface.
The Norwegian steam merchant freighter collided with another ship and sank to her resting place in 1942. This is quite special, as you can go underwater to see the wreck for yourself. You can find her on google maps or look at the wreckage on google earth†
Just off the coast of Houston, Texas is the visible wreck of the SS Selma. It is located about a mile north of Galveston Island along the Houston Ship Channel. She was part of a fleet of 24 ships approved in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson view the wreck on Google Maps†