There are numbers of shipwrecks around the world and many of them continue to fascinate scientists and the public alike. While there are many which are unknown or have never uncovered by the world, there are many that one can visit or check out while visiting beaches or seaside around the world. Yes, most shipwrecks out there aren’t as catastrophic or known over as the Titanic, but each shipwreck has a story to tell. Here, we bring you a list of 13 beautiful beaches from around the world that have haunting shipwrecks. Take a look.
1. Fraser Island in Queensland, Australia
Fraser Island is known for its shipwrecks. One of the most famous ones is SS Maheno, a turbine-driven steamer constructed in 1905. Used as a hospital ship during World War I, the vessel was sold to Japan to be converted to scrap metal in the 1930s. However, the ship was destroyed by a cyclone en route to her final destination.
2. Valtaki Beach in Gythio of Peloponnese, Greece
The shipwreck of Agios Dimitrios has two different versions. While the first story claims that the vessel was set on fire to conceal the fact that it was smuggling cigarettes between Turkey and Italy, another version claims that the freighter was basically abandoned at Gíthion’s port, three miles north of Valtaki Beach, where it washed up in 1981 and remains today.
3. Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands in Spain
The SS American Star was launched in 1939, just before the beginning of World War II. The storied vessel began life as a passenger ship but was soon repurposed by the Navy to transport US troops. And, after the war, she became a commercial ship once more. By the 1990s, the aging seacraft was saved from the scrap metal pile by a team in Thailand who wanted to convert her into a floating hotel. However, en route to her new home in 1994, the vessel was wrecked during a thunderstorm off the coast of Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands in Spain.
4. Fort Stevens National Park in Oregon coast
Peter Iredale, a four-masted steel barque sailing vessel, was beached more than 100 years ago in Oregon’s Fort Stevens State Park. The vessel has attracted tourists since a mighty gust of wind pushed it aground in 1906.
5. Inisheer island, Ireland
The wreck of the MV Plassey on the shore of Inisheer, one of Ireland’s Aran Islands, is featured in the popular British TV series ‘Father Ted.’ This steam trawler, which used to transport cargo including stained glass, yarn, and whiskey, went ashore on Inisheer in 1960. It is said that a rough storm was to blame.
6. Governor’s beach in Grand Turk Island, Turks and Caicos
It is said that there are more than 1,000 shipwrecks off the shores of Turks and Caicos, and one of the most recent wrecks is the Mega One Triton. A former oil rig, Mega One Triton has been washed ashore on Governor’s Beach on Grand Turk Island in Turks and Caicos in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy.
7. Atalanta beach in Boa Vista, Cape Verde
Spanish dictator Francisco Franco sent the Cabo Santa Maria to deliver gifts to his supporters in South America in 1968. However, the vessel was wrecked on the shore of Boa Vista, Cape Verde. Today, the wreck of the ship, which is located at Atalanta Beach, is one of the island’s main draws.
8. Rhossili Bay in Swansea, Wales
Helvetia, a 19th-century Norwegian ship, got collided with another ship in 1887. The shipwreck scattered over three miles of sand in Rhossili Bay. The current of the Atlantic Ocean has eroded the wreckage and it has reduced considerably in only last decade or so.
9. Navagio beach in Zakynthos, Greece
MV Panagiotis was wrecked on Zakynthos, one of Greece’s Ionian islands, in the 1980s. The shipwreck is so famous that the site where it was stranded is nicknamed Navagio Beach or Shipwreck Beach.
There are several theories surrounding the fate of the MV Panagiotis, a smuggler ship. Although no one is certain exactly what the vessel was smuggling — people have postulated it carried everything from cigarettes to alcohol to human cargo — some speculate that it ran aground after being cornered by maritime authorities.
10. Sandy Ground beach in Turks and Caicos
Anguilla, an island in South of Turks and Caicos, boasts an impressive shipwreck. On Sandy Ground — one of Anguilla’s 33 beaches — the wreck of the Sarah, a 232-foot-long ship that sank during Hurricane Klaus in 1984, looms large. The ship was lifted and towed to her current location six months later.
11. Fathom Five National Marine Park in Ontario, Canada
With more than 20 underwater shipwrecks, Fathom Five National Marine Park — located near the harbor village of Tobermory — is a popular diving destination. The Sweepstakes, a two-masted Canadian schooner, is one of the most famous wrecks at the park. Damaged at nearby Cove Island in 1885, the vessel sank when she was towed to Big Tub Harbor, where she remains to this day.
12. Bavaro beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
On Punta Cana’s Bavaro beach, you can see the wreck of the Astron, a French-built, Russian-owned oil tanker repurposed as a cargo ship, from the comfort of your beach chair. The ship was wrecked in 1978 during a rough storm while transporting corn to Cuba.
13. Vila Nova de Milfontes in Odemira, Portugal
Vila Nova de Milfontes, a seaside village in Odemira, Portugal, is known for its beautiful beach, which harbors the wreck of an unknown tugboat. Not much is known about the shipwreck, but its mystery is part of the appeal.