30 Beautifully Haunting Shipwrecks From Around The World

30 Beautifully Haunting Shipwrecks From Around The World

Naval history is full of fatal accidents and wartime losses. Even knowing that, it’s astonishing to think that, according to a United Nations report, there are more than three million shipwrecks on the ocean floor. Of course, most of them will languish, unexplored and invisible forever, but, fortunately for us, many of them have been catalogued and photographed. These are some of our favourites.

19th century shipwreck in northern Gulf of Mexico

Photo: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program

The wreckage of the American Star (SS America), Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Photo: Wollex/Wikimedia Commons

The Dimitrios, at Laconia (near Gythio, Greece)

Photo: N1RK4UDSK714/Wikipedia

LST Wreckage, submerged in waters of West Loch near Waipio Peninsula, Pearl City, Honolulu County, Hawaii

Photo: Library Of Congress

Coastal steamer LAL-KI wrecked on Point Augusta, Alaska, c1917

Photo: Library Of Congress

The infamous Costa Concordia lies stricken off the shore of the island of Giglio, Italy

Photo: Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images

Ushuaia harbour, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Photo: Teo Romera

Off the island of Gramvousa, Crete, Greece

Photo: Joachim S. Müller

Bay of Praia, Cape Verde, Africa

Photo: David Gil

One of many shipwrecks around Port of Spain’s Harbour, Trinidad And Tobago

Photo: Mark Morgan

Quail Island, New Zealand

Photo: Greg Hewgill

The Maheno Shipwreck at Fraser Island, Australia

Photo: Régis Matthey


Photo: pmm3

Winds Raking the husk of the SS Gairloch, Oakura, Taranaki, New Zealand

Photo: Dave Young


Photo: Al Butler

Remains of the SS Falcon, Langdon Bay, Kent, United Kingdom

Photo: Squirmelia

Olivia. Ushuaia, Argentina

Photo: *christopher*

Roatán, Islas de la Bahía, Honduras

Photo: Steve Lyon

Shipwreck on the Mississippi, Lasalle, St Louis, MO, US

Photo: Paul Sableman

Western Sahara

Photo: David Holt

Tarfaya, Morocco

Photo: camera_obscura [busy]

Where ships go to die: Ushuaia, Argentina

Photo: *christopher*

Ushuaia, Argentina

Photo: Jason Jones

Wrecked ship on the beach, Guam

Photo: leevin3

The Peter Iredale, Oregon

Photo: Sarah Lynch

Jafrabad, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Photo: Stéphane M. Grueso

The Lundoge and many more died at the infamous Shipwreck Beach, Praia Santiago, Angola

Photo: mp3ief

The Panagia F. at Shipwreck Beach, Praia Santiago, Angola

Photo: mp3ief

The Mary D. Hume abandoned on the Rogue River in Gold Beach, Oregon

Photo: Brian Hoffman

Icelandic shipwreck

Photo: Ron Brinkmann