Near the start of Wonder Woman (2017) the Germans, in their pursuit of Steve, stumble across the Amazonian homeland. Outside the magical force-field there is a Battleship that seems to be doing fine. However once the ship breaches the force-field it quickly sinks.

What happened there? Why did it start sinking?

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    it probably ran into one of the many, many large rocks sticking out of the water.
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Jun 4, 2017 at 20:02
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    @KutuluMike Maybe, but it wasnt really clear in the movie. Would be nice if someone could show what happened Commented Jun 4, 2017 at 22:21
  • The 'forcefield' appears to also work as a teleporter (i.e. it is night on the far side of the barrier, and day on the island). Perhaps bad things happen when a large warship with a deep draft spends a prolonged time straddling the barrier. Such as rapid water ingress into bisected underwater compartments. The smaller wooden boats would have a much shallower draft, and thus could be able to safely make the trip across.
    – aroth
    Commented Jun 11, 2017 at 9:43

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Borrowing from my good friend Valorum's answer on SFF: it had hit the coral reef.

According to the film's official novelisation, as it passed through the barrier, the battle cruiser hit a hidden reef and was holed below the waterline.

Beyond, the enormous ship that had brought the Germans had hit the coral reefs. Black, gritty smoke from the sinking battleship swept across the reef and over the beach. It smelled like it had come from the burning pits of hell.

Wonder Woman: Official Movie Novelisation

It then sank.

The battleship couldn't see that there was an island approaching, as the island was sneakily covered by a sneaky fog.

As such it ventured too close and probably at too high a speed to stop in time. And what happens when a large vessel comes too close to an island?


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