10 Amazing “Above-Water” Shipwrecks

Republic of Vanuatu, South Pacific

Image by Graham Crumb

This ill fated ship ran aground here in the early 1980s when Cyclone Uma lashed the islands of Vanuatu.  The volcanic archipelago in the Melanesia region has doubtless seen countless shipwrecks in its time.  This one has rested on the reef since the day it foundered, and has since become a popular tourist attraction.

The Peter Iredale, Clatsop Spit, Oregon, United States

Image by joannapoe

Jutting out of the sand along the northwest coast of Oregon can be found the remains of the Peter Iredale, which ran aground here in 1906.  Built in June 1890 in Maryport, northern England, by R. Ritson & Co., the vessel was attempting to enter the Columbia River when high winds literally drove her into the shore.  Thankfully all 27 souls on board, including two stowaways, were saved.  The weather scuppered any plans to tow the ship off the beach and it soon became embedded in the sand, where it remains to this day.  Rumour has it that the ship’s skipper, Captain Harry Lawrence, waded ashore from the wreck armed with the log book and a bottle of whisky.  He passed the whisky around his crew and offered up a final salute to his ship, saying:

“May God bless you, and may your bones bleach in the sands.”

 

Comments

  • Bruno Diaz

    Hi, regarding the shipwreck at lake Ontario, you can find all the
    info on the boat here http://www.infiltration.org/boats-hermine.html

  • Tom

    Hey Bruno, thanks a lot for the info. That’s a fantastic resource! Could also be worth a follow up article. Cheers!

  • Miriam

    What about this at Navagio in Zakynthos, Greece? I’ve seen it, and it’s an amazing view!:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dkilim/2753126743/

  • Tom

    Hey Miriam, thanks a lot for posting that photo – that is one awesome shipwreck! I’ve been planning a follow-up article to this one for some time, and when I do I’ll be sure to include this pic!

  • Tom

    Hey Miriam, thanks a lot for highlighting this awesome pic! I’ve been planning a follow-on article to this one for a while now, so when I do I’ll certainly include this pic – and the cool story behind it too!

  • Doug

    You wanted to know about the Lake Ontario shipwreck from your list?

    Text from: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=2ce2c148-b08b-4075-9cb9-49273b5b1b90

    This landmark needs no introduction to the population of the Niagara area.
    This ship began in 1914 as a St. Lawerence ferry. In 1991 a business man converted the ship into a floating resteraunt, built to resemble “La Grande Hermine”, better known as the Big Weasel. It was towed down the river and lakes to Jordan harbour and was parked there on Canada Day 1997. There she remained and was mysteriously burnt in 2003. Since she became a charred hull more people have stopped to see and take pictures along with 2 professional photo shoots for magazines. To date the question of what to do with the hull as the original owner has since passed away(and has left unpaid docking bills from her point of origin to here) has yet to be resolved. So far the concensus is to leave her right there. We hope they do, every time we drive by we always look and perhaps wonder what it would of been like to sail on such a ship.

  • Tom

    Hey Doug, thanks a lot for the info. Fascinating stuff! It’s funny how – like ghost towns – people all of a sudden start to take an interest after an object/place has been abandoned or destroyed. I hope they do leave it there, it looks like a local landmark now! I can see a future post coming on too. Thanks again!

  • Sonofworf55

    the apparent wreck on the shore of lake Ontario is a fake it is a steel hulled freighter that was planked and had masts added to make it look like an old sailing ship and placed at the entrance of a marina. vandals have since set fire to it (several times) and burnt off most of the planking

  • Tom

    Wow that’s awesome, thanks a lot for the info! They must have gone to a lot of trouble to add the masts etc to make it look like a legit old time wreck… That’s an interesting story in itself!

  • Tom

    Wow that’s awesome, thanks a lot for the info! They must have gone to a lot of trouble to add the masts etc to make it look like a legit old time wreck… That’s an interesting story in itself!

  • Tom

    Good find there, Doug! Thanks a lot for the info, I need to look into this more!

  • Tom

    Good find there, Doug! Thanks a lot for the info, I need to look into this more!

  • Fewspau

    It was actually a Canadian Coast Guard vessel that was converted to a copy of Samuel de Champlains vessel for Expo 67 to celebrate Canada’s 100th birthday.

  • Fewspau

    Grande Hermine II – it was actually a copy of Jacques Cartier’s boat. My bad.

  • Fewspau
  • scuba girl

    Missing the S. S. Sapona Wreck in Bimini, Bahamas. A concrete ship made during WWI when supplies were short. Once the war was over they sold it to a man in Bimini who used it for rum running during prohibition. During one of his trips, a hurricane ran the ship aground, but he still used it as a stop for rum running, as well as a bar, club and casino. Once another hurricane came along and destroyed the bow, he needed to shut down. During WWII the US Air Force and Navy used it as target practice until the Bahamians told them they had to stop. Today, it sits in 17 feet of water 4 miles south of Bimini, and is a great spot for diving! If you’re lucky you can find old bullet shells from all that target practice.

  • Jswhyman

    “River Princess”?! That is no princess, more like an ogre or hag.

  • Dinos

    There is another well known shipwreck in Greece where there are thousands of pictures of it over the internet. That is in the Valtaki,Gythio,Laconia Greece and it is located on a beach that the ancient city of gythio or gythium lies after it sunk in the sea after a major earthquake. This used to be the ancient seaport of Sparta!   http://www.flickr.com/photos/stg_gr1/4940631653/

  • Dinos

    There is another well known shipwreck in Greece where there are thousands of pictures of it over the internet. That is in the Valtaki,Gythio,Laconia Greece and it is located on a beach that the ancient city of gythio or gythium lies after it sunk in the sea after a major earthquake. This used to be the ancient seaport of Sparta!   http://www.flickr.com/photos/stg_gr1/4940631653/

  • Dinos

    There is another well known shipwreck in Greece where there are thousands of pictures of it over the internet. That is in the Valtaki,Gythio,Laconia Greece and it is located on a beach that the ancient city of gythio or gythium lies after it sunk in the sea after a major earthquake. This used to be the ancient seaport of Sparta!   http://www.flickr.com/photos/stg_gr1/4940631653/

  • Dinos

    There is another well known shipwreck in Greece where there are thousands of pictures of it over the internet. That is in the Valtaki,Gythio,Laconia Greece and it is located on a beach that the ancient city of gythio or gythium lies after it sunk in the sea after a major earthquake. This used to be the ancient seaport of Sparta!   http://www.flickr.com/photos/stg_gr1/4940631653/

  • Dinos

    There is another well known shipwreck in Greece where there are thousands of pictures of it over the internet. That is in the Valtaki,Gythio,Laconia Greece and it is located on a beach that the ancient city of gythio or gythium lies after it sunk in the sea after a major earthquake. This used to be the ancient seaport of Sparta!   http://www.flickr.com/photos/stg_gr1/4940631653/

  • Dinos

    There is another well known shipwreck in Greece where there are thousands of pictures of it over the internet. That is in the Valtaki,Gythio,Laconia Greece and it is located on a beach that the ancient city of gythio or gythium lies after it sunk in the sea after a major earthquake. This used to be the ancient seaport of Sparta!   http://www.flickr.com/photos/stg_gr1/4940631653/

  • Dinos

    There is another well known shipwreck in Greece where there are thousands of pictures of it over the internet. That is in the Valtaki,Gythio,Laconia Greece and it is located on a beach that the ancient city of gythio or gythium lies after it sunk in the sea after a major earthquake. This used to be the ancient seaport of Sparta!   http://www.flickr.com/photos/stg_gr1/4940631653/

  • Dinos

    There is another well known shipwreck in Greece where there are thousands of pictures of it over the internet. That is in the Valtaki,Gythio,Laconia Greece and it is located on a beach that the ancient city of gythio or gythium lies after it sunk in the sea after a major earthquake. This used to be the ancient seaport of Sparta!   http://www.flickr.com/photos/stg_gr1/4940631653/

  • Dinos

    There is another well known shipwreck in Greece where there are thousands of pictures of it over the internet. That is in the Valtaki,Gythio,Laconia Greece and it is located on a beach that the ancient city of gythio or gythium lies after it sunk in the sea after a major earthquake. This used to be the ancient seaport of Sparta!   http://www.flickr.com/photos/stg_gr1/4940631653/

  • Dinos

    There is another well known shipwreck in Greece where there are thousands of pictures of it over the internet. That is in the Valtaki,Gythio,Laconia Greece and it is located on a beach that the ancient city of gythio or gythium lies after it sunk in the sea after a major earthquake. This used to be the ancient seaport of Sparta!   http://www.flickr.com/photos/stg_gr1/4940631653/

  • Dinos

    There is another well known shipwreck in Greece where there are thousands of pictures of it over the internet. That is in the Valtaki,Gythio,Laconia Greece and it is located on a beach that the ancient city of gythio or gythium lies after it sunk in the sea after a major earthquake. This used to be the ancient seaport of Sparta!   http://www.flickr.com/photos/stg_gr1/4940631653/

  • Dinos

    There is another well known shipwreck in Greece where there are thousands of pictures of it over the internet. That is in the Valtaki,Gythio,Laconia Greece and it is located on a beach that the ancient city of gythio or gythium lies after it sunk in the sea after a major earthquake. This used to be the ancient seaport of Sparta!   http://www.flickr.com/photos/stg_gr1/4940631653/

  • Wow that’s pretty cool!!! Although that makes me pretty scary while wathcing it.

  • Kyleperkins87

    Check out shipwreck on island of Lanai, Hawaii

  • HBG
  • Tom

    Awesome, thanks for the link!

  • otherpeoplesthings

    There is another great above water shipwreck in Lake Michigan, The Fransisco Morazan, check it out:

  • scottydoesntknow

    I’ve got tons of wreck photos I’ve taken along the way, here’s quite a few in Angola (Soyo, in the mouth of the Congo and right in Luanda bay), which also has an airplane graveyard right at the international airport in Luanda. The last one is in Male, Maldives, on the edge of the Airport banks. I’ll assume these are all still right where I left them a few years back.

  • Ryan Coleman

    More details on the SS American Star:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_America_%281940%29#Wrecked_at_Fuerteventura_.281994.E2.80.932012.29

    She’s underwater most of the time now, doesn’t look at all like the photo anymore, I’m afraid.

 
 
 
 

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