Not all wrecked ships end their history in the deep sea, the fate of some of them is more prosaic - they are stranded. We will tell you the most impressive ships, forever remaining in the shallows.
The ship with the sonorous name of World Discoverer ( "Opener of the world") was built in 1974. His main task was the commission of cruises in the polar regions. The vessel's hull is specially designed so that the ship could cope with the impact of the polar ice caps, but this did not save him: April 30, 2000 World Discoverer hit a reef on the unmarked map starboard received significant damage. In order to prevent flooding of the ship and avoid human casualties, the captain decided to "jump out" stranded in the bay Roderick Dhu. Despite the fact that the ship was later plundered by looters at the present moment it is a popular destination for sea lovers of romance.
Mediterranean Sky, or, as it was called during the construction, City of York, was built in 1952 in Newcastle (England). Cruise ship departed from London in November 1953 and was served in this port until 1971, until it was sold and renamed the Mediterranean Sky. Last sailing vessel took place in August 1996, on the route Brindisi - Patras. Due to the financial situation of the ship-owner of the company in 1997 the ship was seized. Two years later, Mediterranean Sky towed to the bay of Eleusis (Greece). In late 2002, the ship began taking on water and lean. To prevent drowning, it was towed to shallow water, but it did not help: in January 2003, the ship is still overturned on one side, and so it is necessary to lay awaiting its fate.
Captayannis was a Greek cargo ship, whose main task is the transportation of sugar. In 1974, during a storm, the ship was severely damaged by a collision with a tanker: the anchor chain of the last damaged housing Captayannis, and water began to come inside. The captain tried to send a ship in shallow water, where he successfully stuck on a sandbar. However, the next morning the ship turned over and is still lying there. Looters carried out of the ship all that is possible, and now he is slowly covered with vegetation and is home to many birds. Local residents are simply called him "sugar ship" and was happy to show visitors around.
The history of "America" has begun at the shipyard Newport News (Virginia, USA). The launch took place August 31, 1939 in the presence of most of Eleanor Roosevelt. Vehicle Interior tried to make a more comfortable as possible, and in its finish used ceramics and stainless steel. August 22, 1940 "America" went on its maiden voyage, but already in 1941 the ship was requisitioned by the US Navy and was sent back to Newport to be converted into a warship. After the war, "America" went from New York - Le Havre - Bremehafen and the Greek company was sold in 1964 and renamed the "Australis". After serving in the Greek ship resold five more times. Last resale took place in 1993 to be converted into a five-star floating hotel in Thailand, this time the ship was named "Star of America". In 1993, the ship left Greece in tow, but the storm while the tow rope broke. Several attempts to restore it have been unsuccessful, and January 18, 1994 "American Star" ran aground near the Canary Islands.
Dimitrios (old name - Kintholm) is a small (67 meters) cargo ship, which was built in 1950. Passes three decades, December 23, 1981 the ship ran aground off the coast of Greece. There is much speculation as to the origin of the ship and its collapse. There's even a version that Dimitrios was used for transportation of contraband cigarettes between Turkey and Italy, and the Greek authorities seized a ship and deliberately released so that he had to walk five kilometers through the shallow water. According to another version, December 4, 1980 the ship was forced to go to the Greek port due to a serious illness captain. After arriving at the port due to various problems, such as with the crew and the ship itself with the whole team was disbanded, and the vessel was left in port. There it remained until June 1981, until his presence was not acknowledged unsafe. After that, the ship changed many times before the deployment until finally stuck in the place where is today. Any attempt to restore it have been taken.
Olympia was a commercial ship, which in 1979 was captured by pirates on the way from Cyprus to Greece. After failing to get the boat out of the bay near the island of Amorgos, where he drove the pirates, the ship remained there until this time, becoming the most remarkable sites on the island.
400 the BOS
French barge BOS 400 was the largest floating crane in Africa to 100 meters, which is June 26, 1994 ran aground in the bay of South Africa during towing Russian "Tiger". The courts had to overcome the way from Congo to Cape Town, but in a storm towing cable was damaged, and the barge ran aground at a place called Duiker Point. Despite several attempts to tow, floating crane was completely lost.
La Famille Express
La Famille Express was built in 1952 in Poland and up to 1999 he served in the Navy under the name "Fort Shevchenko", after which he was sold and got his second (and last) name. The circumstances of the wreck is not known, except that the ship ran aground during a hurricane "Frances" in 2004 in the southern waters of Provo, near the Turks and Caicos Islands (Caribbean). Any attempt to tow the ship had been taken, and it was quickly looted looters. But now abandoned ship serves as an excellent attraction for all tourists caught up in these parts.
HMAS Protector was acquired by the Government of South Australia back in 1884 to protect the coastline from possible attacks. The ship was the First World War and almost passed the second. Ironically, the ship died from a collision with a tug in July 1943, on the way to New Guinea. The rusting remains of the ship can still be seen on the same spot.
Evangelia - it is a merchant ship, which was built at the same shipyard, where "Titanic." May 28, 1942 the ship was launched under the name Empire Strength. Later, he was also known under the names Saxon Star, Redbrook, and finally, Evangelia. In 1968, during the night of thick fog the ship drifted too close to shore and ran aground near Costinesti (Romania). Some say that it was done on purpose, to get paid for the insurance. The hypothesis is indirectly confirmed by the fact that at the time of the crash, despite the thick fog, the sea was not a storm, and all the equipment worked properly.
"Santa Maria" was a Spanish freighter, whose main task was to transport a large number of different kinds of gifts from the Spanish government to those who supported the country during the economic crisis. The ship was carrying sports cars, food, medicine, clothing and much more. September 1, 1968 the ship ran aground, when passed through the Cape Verde on the way to Brazil and Argentina. Local tug tried to save the ship, but the attempt was unsuccessful, but the valuable cargo somehow miraculously disappeared. Since then, the "Santa Maria" is one of the main attractions of Cape Verde.
The collapse Maheho can rightly be called one of the most famous wreck of the XX century. The ship was built in 1905 and was one of the first turbine ships. Maheho walked on regular flights Sydney - Auckland as long as he was not called up for service during World War II. In 1935 the ship was sold to Japan. During his towing ships caught in a severe storm, and a tow rope broke. Futile attempts to fix the cable during a storm or to no avail, and Maheho went to the "free floating" with eight crew members on board. Three days later, the ship was found on the banks of the Fraser Island - one of the team, fortunately, was not injured. After this incident Maheho was put up for sale, but buyers have not found, and it is still in the same place. Beaten time, rusted and anyone but tourists are not required.