From giant shipwrecks; to mysterious disappearances; this is the best of STRANGEST Abandoned Ships
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6.S.S. Palo Alto
Built in Oakland California, the S.S. Palo Alto was a concrete ship. Wait what? Yeah you heard that right. Concrete. Ship. It turns out, it was a lot cheaper to find the materials, but the labor and operating costs were higher than usual. So fair trade off I guess ??
Anyway, the ship was completed in 1919, too late to see any action in the war.In 1929, a company decided to turn it into an amusement park. A pier was built to reach the ship, but not even two years later the company went bankrupt.
Nothing of note has happened since then, the ship can still be found at the Seacliff Beach. Oh yeah, in 2005 it was found out that the concrete ship was leaking fuel… why it still had fuel in its tanks almost a 100 years later is a mystery for another time.
Finding information on this shipwreck was harder than I thought ! Built in 1954, the Temple Hall changed many owners during its years of operation.
On a voyage from San Pedro to Thessaloniki, the ship was stuck between a rock and a hard wave so to say. Bad weather, heavy seas, and no luck to be found, the Temple Hall, now known as the Telamon ran aground near the Canary Island, Lanzarote.
It didn’t help that the maintenance record for the ship was abysmal, you can still find it at the exact same spot, some 40 years after it wrecked.
4. Edro III
The Edro III is another norwegian cargo ship that had an unfortunate history. The ship ran aground near Pegeia, Cyprus. As always, rough seas and bad weather were blamed for the wreck, there was no salvage operations attempted, but the ship was emptied of all cargo, fuel, oil and anything that will negatively impact the local environment.
Articles state that it is now forbidden to visit the ship because its deemed too dangerous, which means at some point, people were allowed to explore it, which must have been a pretty cool experience.
As if one shipwreck wasn’t enough, you can also find the remains of the MV Demetrios II nearby. That one seems to not have fared as well as Edro III.
3. MV Kalakala
The motor vessel kalakala was originally named the Peralta, and it served the San Francisco Bay Area. It was quickly sold to a Seattle businessman, and became a staple of Seattle. From postcards to songs, this ship was the bee’s knees.
She served over a million visitors a year, and everybody had nice things to say about their experience on the ship. Buut, all good things come to an end sometime.
The Kalakala silently fell into obscurity and became a fishing vessel off the coast of Alaska. In a sweet turn of events, an arts and history group purchased the vessel and brought it back to the pacific northwest. It was to be returned to its former glory at a shipping yard in Tacoma, Washington.
Eh… it didn’t work out. By 2011, the coast guard wanted the ship scrapped because it was a danger to nearby shipping routes. During the scrapping process, an auction was held for bits and pieces of this strange and beautiful ship, within hours, the Kalakala was inducted into the “Things that will live Forever” hall of fame, figuratively speaking.
Bits and pieces of the vessel are scattered all around the world, some in museums, some in private collections, abandoned, but not forgotten.
2.MV Sygna | Australia
In 1974, the MV Sygna, a norwegian bulk carrier, was caught in the middle of a major storm near the coast of New South Wales, Australia. Stockton Beach to be more exact.
To make things worse for the, the MV Sygna was on its MAIDEN Voyage, meaning it was the first journey of the ship.
The MV Sygna was 4 miles off the coast, waiting to load up with 50,000 tonnes of coal. Wind gusts reached 100m/hr(160km/h) and the captain decided to set sail. Unfortunately, the orders came too late, the Sygna was unable to escape the storm and it ran aground.
Abandon Ship orders were given because of the beating the ship was receiving. The rescue was no walk in the park, but all 31 sailors made it out alive. During the first salvage operation the ship broke in 2. The 2nd operation didn’t go as planned either. Only the bow section of the ship was salvaged. The rest, has become an iconic part of Stockton beach.
Here is a little progression of the ship over the years, this is 10 years after, 30 years after, and 42 years later.