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The world’s oceans abound with shipwrecks and a multitude of other nautical artifacts.  Lurking deep beneath the waves of the planet’s most inhospitable waters are some of history’s most grand and feared ships, presenting divers with a fascinating incarnation of a bygone age.  But what about those among us who don’t scuba dive?  Here are 10 corroding old vessels that can be seen clearly from the relative safety of terra firma.

SS American Star, Canary Islands

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The incredible image above shows the wreck of the SS American Star, built in 1940 for United States Lines and wrecked in January 1994 off Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.  At the time of the accident, the vessel was being towed to Thailand to be used as a floating hotel… More to come on this one later!

Chatham Islands, New Zealand

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This rusty old vessel (above) was captured on the archipelago of the Chatham Islands, New Zealand, in September 2007.  The islands are named after the ship HMS Chatham of the Vancouver Expedition, captained by William Robert Broughton, who claimed possession of the archipelago for Great Britain in 1791.  But it’s fair to say that this old boat doesn’t quite date back to that period in history.  Today, the islands have a grand population of 609 people of European and Maori descent, with surroundings that conjure an atmosphere of exploration and adventure harking back to the early settlers.


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