Did You Know? A ship with sails still set lies off Australia on the seabed....

The two-masted sailing yacht the Severence sank off Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. The Severence is still very undamaged, some remains of its sails are still rigged in the ‘reefed’ position - a vain attempt to minimize the drag in the heavy storm. The wreck lies at a depth of 20 m. Small patches of coral have appeared and provide food for a variety of reef fish. Huge schools of pellagics, moray eels and other exciting marine life is present in the area.

© M. Spencer / UNESCO
The two masted sailing yacht the Severence sank off Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia in 1998. The Severence is still very undamaged, some remains of its sails are still rigged in the ‘reefed’ position a vain attempt to minimize the drag in the heavy storm. The wreck lies at a depth of 20 m. Small patches of coral have appeared and provide food for a variety of reef fish. Huge schools of pellagics, moray eels and other exciting marine life is present in the area.