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    The Salem Express

    The Salem Express

    [ranking: 10]
    Egypt's Red Sea is scattered with shipwrecks, and perhaps the most tragic of these is the Salem Express. In December 1991, the ship was carrying pilgrims on their way back from Haj in Mecca to Safaga, it's rumored that the boat was overloaded with passengers. Regardless of the passenger load, the boat went down when it hit a reef.
    The hull was ripped apart and the entire ship sunk in under 10 minutes. You can still see the suitcases of the dead passengers strewn around this partially intact wreck. 

    The SS Ayrfield

    The SS Ayrfield

    [ranking: 11]
    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 Mary Celeste

    The Mary Celeste

    [ranking: 3]
    On November 7, 1872, Captain Benjamin Briggs set sail on the Mary Celeste from New York to Genoa, Italy, with his wife and infant daughter, as well as a cargo of 1,701 barrels of denatured alcohol. On December 5, 1872, the ship was discovered entirely abandoned and empty, floating adrift in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The cargo was all intact, and all the captain and crew's personal belongings were totally untouched, though a lifeboat was missing. Everyone on board had simply disappeared. Over the years, theories have ranged from mutiny to submarine earthquakes to attack by a giant squid - and of course, aliens - but the mystery has never been solved.
    In 1885, the ship's new captain intentionally wrecked the Mary Celeste as part of an insurance scam.
    In August 2001, remains of a ship matching the description of the Mary Celeste were found, but further investigation suggested it might not be the same ship after all.

    The Hydrus

    The Hydrus

    [ranking: 2]
    In 2015 divers discovered the Hydrus in Lake Huron, a ship that had been lost since the Great Storm of 1913. The Hydrus, a 436-foot steam ship, was overturned by a blizzard while carrying a large load of iron ore, dragging it's entire crew to their deaths along with it. During this storm, over 250 sailors died in Lake Huron. The Great Lakes have been home to more than 6,000 shipwrecks. 

    Nanhai One

    Nanhai One

    [ranking: 8]
    China's largest ever marine archeological discovery, Nanhai One, sank in the southern province of Guangdong during the Southern Song dynasty of 1127-1279. The almost 1000-year-old wreck was raised from the sea bed in 2007, to reveal over 60,000 historical and valuable items. The treasures ranged from pottery to precious metals, and there were enough to fill a museum dedicated to the discovery. 
    Nanhai One was accidentally discovered by a British-Chinese expedition trying to find a completely different shipwreck. During its heyday, the ship is believed to have taken part in the "Marine Silk Road" which allowed trade between China, India, the Middle East, and Africa in ancient times. 

    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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