The Magnificent Wreck of SS American Star (Photos)

ss-america-american-star-wreck-Fuerteventura (Image: Wollex, cc-sa-3.0)

When SS American Star ran aground off Fuerteventura in 1994, the magnificent ocean liner, which was once hailed the most beautiful ship ever to fly the US flag, quickly became one of the world’s most recognisable shipwrecks.

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But 20 years later, the vessel’s twisted remains, battered by relentless Atlantic seas, have slipped below the surface of the waves. Once one of the Canary Islands’ finest offbeat – and off-shore – attractions, the ship originally christened SS America has virtually disappeared.

SS-American-Star-america-wreck-2 (Image: Pindakaas, cc-sa-3.0)

SS America first set sail in 1940 with the United States Line, serving as a troop transport during World War Two under the temporary label USS West Point/AP-23. (Discover more and chart the elegant vessel’s demise via the page navigation buttons below.)


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