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    The M??duse

    The M??duse

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    The M??duse (Medusa, in English) was a French Navy frigate that was tasked with carrying a group of French officials to their colony in Senegal in 1816. The inexperienced captain ran the ship aground on a shallow bank, wrecking the ship. All 400 people onboard abandoned ship, including 151 who set sail on a hastily constructed raft. Their harrowing journey in the open ocean, including madness, suicide, and cannibalism, became the ghastly stuff of legend. When the raft members were finally rescued two weeks later, only 15 of the original 151 men were still alive.
    In 1980, the wreck was discovered by French marine archaeologists off the coast of Mauritania and some of its artifacts were recovered and brought back to a museum.

    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. 

    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 Ghost Ship That Lived A Full Life

    The Ghost Ship That Lived A Full Life

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    In 2013, kayakers discovered a 110-year-old ghost ship in a tributary off the Ohio River. While it had vegetation growing through the bottom, it was still structurally sound enough to explore. This ship was a converted yacht called the USS Phenakite by the US navy, but ended its life as the Circle Line V. And what a life it had.  
    It was originally an NYC sightseeing boat, converted for use in both WWI and WWII. It was then used as a research vessel by Thomas Edison, and even had a cameo in Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" music video. In the late 1980s, the ship was decommissioned and left in the Ohio River, where the kayakers found it. It remains there to this day, and anyone can take a look at it, but be warned. Local landowners are known to chase explorers away with shotguns.  

    The Governoren

    The Governoren

    [ranking: 6]
    In Foyn Harbor, Enterprise Island, Antarctica, lies the wreck of the Governoren, a massive ship that sank at the turn of the 20th century. In 1915, this large whaling factory ship ?C capable of rendering a whale into whale oil on board ?C ran into trouble one night when a crew member knocked a lamp off a table during a party.
    Considering the Governoren was full of thousands of gallons of whale oil meant to be taken back to Norway, the whole ship quickly caught fire. While all 85 crew members were able to escape unharmed, the burned remains of the ship still drift aimlessly through frigid Antarctic waters. 

    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. 

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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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