Slate has a short but sweet article out covering the sunken World Discoverer. This ship apparently went down in April 2000 after hitting an uncharted reef. This article got me looking into other ocean cruise ship related satellite imagery and I found a few cool shots I wanted to share.
First off, you can do your own searches in Google Maps – they have some of these wrecks stored, but a lot of them are found and setup by 3rd parties. There’s a super awesome site called VirtualGlobetrotting which has a deep database of awesome images taken from global satellites, and not just of shipwrecks! Definitely check them out if you find these images as interesting as I do.
So, after a little bit of hunting, here are a few shots that caught my eye. If you know of other others let me know and I’ll gladly add them to the list!
This place is apparently where the “big ships go to die”. In this satellite image, you can see these super ships spread out on the sand, rotting away into oblivion. This shipyard is located in Bangladesh.
This image is of the S.S. Jassim and it’s located in Sudan. The Jassim was a Bolivian ferry which hit ground and sunk back in 2003. It’s said to be one of the largest visible shipwrecks from satellite imagery.
What image blog would be complete without a picture from Chernobyl? Well here you go, I know you were just waiting for it. This pic pretty much speaks for itself. I’m betting that caught within the blast radius of a nuclear reactor meltdown, the words “abandon ship” flew pretty freely amongst the crews of these ships.
If you’re here, reading a blog post on my cruise site, you should have already heard about the biggest cruise disaster in years, the Costa Concordia wreck which occurred off the coast of Italy. If not, first I’d say, “what the H”? Next, I’d say check out the latest Reuters article about the disaster here.
This pretty looking wreck is The Golden Arrow. This particular ship was a Norwegian ferry boat which crashed in the Red Sea. The website MyReadingMapped is the source of this Google Map and they’re a great resource for you sunken ship connoisseurs – but that’s not all they have. This site has Google map pins for more ship wrecks, ghost towns, environmental oddities, ancient ruins, historical war battles and more!
Interested in seeing more about sunken ships? Ghost Fleet one of the best selling books about sunken ships around. The book details modern underwater investigations of the 242 ships which were sunk at the Bikini Atoll during Nuclear Bomb testing in the 40′s. Pretty awesome coffee table book!