A shipwreck is what remains of a ship that has wrecked, either sunk or beached. Whatever the cause, a sunken ship or a wrecked ship is a physical example of the event: this explains why the two concepts are often overlapping in English.

The United Nations estimates that there are more than 3 million shipwrecks on the ocean floor.

Read more about Shipwreck:  Types of Shipwrecks, Causes, State of Preservation, Salvage of Wrecks

Famous quotes containing the word shipwreck:

    For the bright side of the painting I had a limited sympathy. My visions were of shipwreck and famine; of death or captivity among barbarian hordes; of a lifetime dragged out in sorrow and tears, upon some gray and desolate rock, in an ocean unapproachable and unknown.
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)

    Accordingly, death is a harbor of peace for the just, but is believed a shipwreck for the wicked.
    Ambrose (c. 333–397)

    The man who has experienced shipwreck shudders even at a calm sea.
    Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)