The World’s Most Fascinating Shipwreck Sites

When I was watching the Pirates of Carribean last night, I thought of sea and ships and of course shipwrecks. As terrifying as it sounds, a tour of shipwrecks is highly intriguing. You should not miss a visit to these shipwrecks even if you are a hydrophobe as there are some right on the rocks. That is, by the beaches and bodies of water rather than on the ocean or riverbeds. You may even come across some!

Take your pick from some of the most fascinating shipwreck sites that will haunt you (in a good sense, of course) for the rest of your life.

This is the best –

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Homebush Bay Wrecks, Australia

Foto Courtesy – alumnus (Jason Baker)

Home to more than 4 shipwrecks, this bay is located on the sides of the Parramatta River. Located in the state of South Wales, you will find some of the most fascinating shipwrecks here, protected under Shipwrecks Act, 1976 and the Heritage Act of 1977, and 1977.

Point Reyes Wrecks, Californië

Photo courtesy - Adil Ashraff
Photo courtesy – Adil Ashraff

One of the most dangerous seacoasts, this one saw ships and boats hit and die in quick succession. More than 50 wrecks still lie here, awaiting the photographers who usually stroll here.

Skeleton Coastal Wrecks, Namibia

Photo courtesy - 8thingstodo
Photo courtesy – 8thingstodo

Yes, you see it right. This ship is indeed abandoned in a desert – Namib Desert. It foundered in thick fog and could not be towed back to the sea. As the water receded, the wrecks are now about 100 meters inland. Fascinating? Eerie? Choose.

Grytviken Wrecks, South Georgia

Photo courtesy - Serge Ouachée
Photo courtesy – Serge Ouachée

Once a major whaling port, it is now a tourist attraction for anyone patrolling the seas around Antarctica. You too can walk in and buy some souvenirs and more. This one, in the picture, is the Fulmar,a whaling ship.

Navagio Bay Wracks, Greece

Photo courtesy - Sokoban
Photo courtesy – Sokoban

Well, pirates and smugglers can’t be far behind when we talk about shipwrecks. And this shipwreck on Navagio Beach was supposedly used by tobacco and alcohol smugglers, who left it here in a storm while on the run from the Greek Navy! Watch it from a distance as it is crumbling. Literal.

Wrakken in Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal

Foto Courtesy - chem 11
Foto Courtesy – chem 11

Yes, no one knows what or whose ship this is. More for lovers of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, this abandoned ship in Portugal’s Vila Nova de Milfontes is perfect for weaving your own story. Pirates, storms, fog or some ghosts close at your heels, take your pick.

Fraser Island Wrecks, Australia

Photo Courtesy - Nina Matthews
Photo Courtesy – Nina Matthews

From Maheno,as it is called, saw much action in World War II before being sold for scrap. Perhaps it cost the transaction on his ego (if ships have one) and deliberately landed in the middle of a cyclone. That landing left the sailors with no choice but to leave Fraser Bay, the resting place since the mid-1930s! A real ship that!

Stockton Beach Wrecks, Australia

Photo Courtesy – AussieLegend
Photo Courtesy – AussieLegend

MV Signal was battered by a storm on its maiden voyage. This Norwegian carrier could never get a taste of the real waters before the 56+ foot swell waves that hit it from the Newscastle harbor. Sad? Fascinating? If nothing, it’s an old leaf waiting to be turned over in the history books.

East Lothian Wracks, Schotland

Photo courtesy - Emoscopes
Photo courtesy – Emoscopes

Not really ships, there are the remains of World War II miniature submarines! Wait for the low tide to visit these, and you can walk straight to the wrecks. Rusted, molded and now we see some moss, these look straight out of the sets of the Pirates of the Caribbean.

Berrow Wrecks, England

Photo Courtesy - Ken Grainger
Photo Courtesy – Ken Grainger

A strong storm caused the run-upSS Norenfrom Norway. Lying near St Mary’s Parish Church, it comes out as a ribbed, no-flesh skeleton of a ship. More so, when the tide gets low. It’s spooky. Very terrifying, yet strangely attractive.

You let muse and pack your bags to visit some of the most beautiful shipwrecks visible from land, I am going to look for more such fascinating travel stories for you. Write back to share your thoughts on the story, other great ideas, or anything that has a journey.

Until then, happy travelling.

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