Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Frozen in time: Incredible Abandoned Wrecks

There is something very haunting about the wreck of a ship or plane, especially those that have been left abandoned for decades.

What happened to the inhabitants? Where was it going? Why was it never removed?

These are some of the world’s most amazing wrecks.

Some of which can still be seen, others have been removed since.

1. Dakota wreck

In 1973 this US Navy version of the DC-3 Dakota had delivered supplies at Hofn Hornafjördur Airport.

During the flight, ice started to build up on the wings, and the crew was not able to maintain altitude

A forced landing was carried out on an ice covered river on near coast of Iceland.

The ice broke but the airplane, miraculously, did not sink.

The remains of the plane were abandoned, and the main fuselage can still be found.


2. Cementerio de Trenes

Image by: Belinda Grasnick

In the south of Bolivia, near the town of Uyuni, an amazing train cemetery can be found.

Called the Cementerio de Trenes, it is a place where locomotives that date back to the 19th century can be found.

Over 100 rail cars and locomotives are abandoned there, in different stages of decay.

This has now become a tourist spot for those who come to visit the nearby salt flats.

3. USS Indianapolis

The Indianapolis was found in 2017, resting on the floor of the North Pacific Ocean, 5,500 meters below the surface.

The ship was tragically lost in the final days of World War II when it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the early morning hours of July 30, 1945.

She sank in 12 minutes, making it impossible to deploy much of its life-saving equipment.

Before the attack, the Indianapolis had just completed its secret mission of delivering components of one of the two nuclear weapons that were dropped on Japan.

Of the 1,196 sailors and Marines on board, only 317 survived.


4. American Star

American Star in 2004 – By Wollex – CC BY-SA 3.0

Originally the SS America, she served as a troop ship in WWII and later for many years a luxury liner.

Being renamed multiple times, her last name was the American Star.

In 1994 the ship was towed to Thailand to become a floating hotel, but in a storm, the tow lines broke, and she drifted to the Canary Islands.

There she ran aground on a sandbar, and within 48 hours the seas broke her in half.

In the years since the wreck has slowly deteriorated and now only her keel can be seen at low tide.