From ghost ships and deep ocean wrecks; to forgotten airplane locations; These are 9 Strange Abandoned Ships and Planes !
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9. Lady Be Good
Lyubov Orlova was named after the famous Russian actress by the same name. Built in 1976 by the USSR she served as an expedition cruise ship, traveling around the Arctic and Antarctica often.
In 2010, Lyubov Orlova was seized at St. John’s Port, Newfoundland because of accrued debts amounting to 251 thousand dollars.
It stayed at that Port for the next 2 years, and when it was being towed to the Dominican Republic to be scrapped, something happened. Not even 1 day into the journey, the tow lines broke and the ship drifted away…
Incredibly, she was captured again by a Transport Canada tug boat and dragged away to international waters…. Where she was cut loose.
The last time Lyubov Orlova was spotted was in 2013, near the coast of Iceland and Ireland.
By the way, I foolishly tried to find her on the marinetraffic website, but then I decided to check out some other ships, and as it turns out, for the LOW LOW LOW price of $157/year you can pick your favorite ship and never miss a beat !… or if for some reason you want to act like a pro and track up to 50 ships in real time, it will be $9,000 a year. What a steal haha.
7. Kee Bird
6.TSS Duke of Lancaster
The TSS stands for Twin-Screw Steamship or Steamer… meaning it has two screw propellers compared to a Single Screw steamer… which has one. The More you know !
From 1955 to 1979 the ship provided services for travelers around the United Kingdom until it was forever beached near Mostyn, North Wales.
At this point; The Duke of Lancaster was branded as the “Fun Ship” becoming a tourist attraction, but local politics made it almost impossible for the owners to operate the business.
5.US Navy Vought F4U Corsair airplane
4.MS World Discoverer
The World Discoverer was a cruise ship that operated from 1975 to 2000. Visiting such great spots as Antarctica, Argentina, Chile, and the Falkland Islands, the ship was loved by many… but on April 30th, 2000, the ship hit a huge uncharted rock near the Solomon Islands. All passengers were transported to safety while the Captain stayed on the ship, steering it into Roderick Bay.
At that point, the ship was considered a loss… and to this day, the World Discoverer remains at the same location. It has become somewhat of a tourist destination, being visited by other cruise ships in the area…. Which is kind of unsettling.
3. Atka B-24D Liberator
After its illustrious 54 year career, the S.S. America was being transported from Greece to Thailand to become a five star docked hotel ship. The journey began on New Years Eve 1993 and a few days later, during a massive storm, the tow ship Neftegaz 67 lost control of the cruise liner.
The S.S. America, now renamed the American Star found its way to the coast of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands and ran aground. Within 48 hours the harsh waves of the Atlantic Ocean split the ship in 2, she was declared a total loss and left to rot.
At this point, there is almost nothing left from the ship, only a distant memory.
The Cruiser Murmansk was built by the Soviet Union in 1955; and it served proudly until 1989.
A few years later; the Russians decided to sell the cruiser to India for scrapping; during the move the ship ran aground near the Norwegian Coast. Shortly after; this haunting picture was taken, the ship looks like its in almost perfect condition; except for you know, being almost sideways…If only someone tugged on the big chain, it might have been an easy fix… or maybe thats not how this works.
Anyway, No one wanted to deal with the clean up until 2009. Thats when everyone realized that due to the extremely harsh weather; the ship would have to be dismantled piece by piece. So thats what the Scandinavian contractor AF Decom did; in style.
They built a dock around the ship and emptied out the water; this picture was taken during the process, you can see it that it REALLY was a team effort !
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