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    The Ghost Fleet Of Mallows Bay

    The Ghost Fleet Of Mallows Bay

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    On the Maryland side of the Potomac River, west of the Chesapeake Bay, there lies a massive ship graveyard. The largest shipwrecked fleet in the entire Western world has been sitting, rotting beneath the water for decades. In the beginning of the 20th century, hundreds of US vessels were sent to Mallows Bay to scrapped, destroyed, and abandoned.
    Constructed in a mad rush to be used in World War I, many of these ships were never used at all, as they were obsolete almost as soon as they were completed. To this day, you can see the remains of dozens and dozens of old ships directly beneath the waves, poking through the water. 

    The SS Ayrfield

    The SS Ayrfield

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    Homebush Bay in Australia is home to a number of historic and mysterious shipwrecks, as it was a ship breaking yard for many years. A number of pieces of ships are still clearly visible in the bay, including the remarkable SS Ayrfield. The SS Ayrfield is often referred to as Sydney's Floating Forest, because lush plant life has sprouted all over the remains of its floating hull. 

    The Mystery Shipwreck Buried In Sand

    The Mystery Shipwreck Buried In Sand

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    Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on New Jersey, but it also uncovered a few massive, if old, shipwrecks. One was a massive 100-200 foot wooden ship in the Barnegat Inlet, which had been hidden under the sand for nearly 100 years. It was uncovered during a construction project, almost perfectly preserved. Historians think it was a coal carrying schooner in the late 1800s. 

    The HMS Terror

    The HMS Terror

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    In the fall of 2016, scientists found an old British explorer ship, the HMS Terror, that had been missing for nearly 170 years. The ship, which set off in 1845 to find a shortcut to Asia through the arctic with another ship, the HMS Erebus, was found perfectly preserved. Neither ship reached its destination, and the crews of both ships, 129 men all told, died. The ship was also found, rather coincidentally, in Terror Bay. 

    The Dunedin Star

    The Dunedin Star

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    Shipwrecked on Namibia's treacherous Skeleton Coast, this ship ran aground during World War II, stranding a crew of 85 with 21 passengers attempting to escape war torn London. All rescue attempts failed, and the plane sent to drop supplies for the poor survivors crashed into the sea. Today, the wreck of the Dunedin Star is one of the thousands of eerie shipwrecks half-buried in the sands of the Skeleton Coast.  

    Murmansk

    Murmansk

    [ranking: 14]
    The Russian battle cruiser Murmansk sunk on Christmas Eve 1994, off of Norway's northeastern coast. It was on its way to India when the towlines severed, and its hopes were dashed upon the rocks. The imposing war ship poked above the water for nearly 20 years.
    Though the Norwegian government faced significant challenges removing the badly damaged ship in order to salvage it for scraps, the Murmansk was officially laid to rest in 2013. 

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Creepy shipwrecks are some of the scariest abandoned places in the ocean, especially those shipwrecks that end in cannibalism, and there are too many of them to count. Treacherous weather, tricky geographic features, sheer bad luck, human error, there are a million things that can go wrong at sea. And if these shipwrecks are anything to go by, they often do. 

These old shipwrecks were discovered around the world, and they're as diverse as they come. From old whaling ships still floating in Antarctic waters, to ships that were found by accident buried in sand, many of these old ghost ships have a tale or three tell. In some, you can even glimpse the life that was left behind from the passengers who died, and others are filled with precious historical artifacts. 

From doomed Russian battle cruisers to the shipwreck that began the settlement of Bermuda, there is a whole world of mysterious, tragic, compelling, and sometimes beautiful shipwrecks out there. There may even be an underwater graveyard going back decades or centuries in your own back yard. Take a look at this global sampling of shipwrecks to see if there are any ghost ships in your neighborhood.  

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