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Incredible stories of history's tragic ships

Love Exploring Logo By Joanna Czechowska of Love Exploring | Slide 2 of 38: Nine hundred years ago, William, the only legitimate son of King Henry I of England, was returning from France with a huge entourage. At Normandy, they boarded the White Ship, a state-of-the-art vessel on its maiden voyage. William requested wine be brought onboard and soon the whole party was roaring drunk. They set sail at midnight, hit a rock and sank quickly in the English Channel. The heir to the throne and the cream of English aristocracy were drowned – around 300 in all and it's been called the Titanic of its day.

The White Ship, 1120

Nine hundred years ago, William, the only legitimate son of King Henry I of England, was returning from France with a huge entourage. At Normandy, they boarded the White Ship, a state-of-the-art vessel on its maiden voyage. William requested wine be brought onboard and soon the whole party was roaring drunk. They set sail at midnight, hit a rock and sank quickly in the English Channel. The heir to the throne and the cream of English aristocracy were drowned – around 300 in all and it's been called the Titanic of its day.

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