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10 of the Most Gorgeous Shipwrecks Around the World

The stories behind shipwrecks can be tragic, but what they leave behind can be absolutely stunning.

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Historic SS Maheno Wreck, Fraser Island - AustraliaTroy Wegman/Shutterstock

SS Maheno

In 1935, the SS Maheno was headed to Japan when a cyclone caused the ship to sink. The ancient hull now sits on Queensland’s Fraser Island in Australia.

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Boy stands by the Peter Iredale shipwreck in the golden sunset light in northwest Oregon.Gregory Johnston/Shutterstock

Peter Iredale

The Peter Iredale ran aground along the Oregon coast because of heavy winds. Its rusted frame still sits in the sand, and people are able to walk up to it at low tide.

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Shipwreck Panagiotis in Zakynthos Bay, GreeceCalin Stan/Shutterstock

MV Panagiotis

The ship ran aground in 1980 due to stormy weather. It now sits on the coast of Zakynthos in Greece on a beach called Navagio Beach or “Shipwreck Beach.” These are some of the strangest things to ever wash up on beaches.

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Woman scuba diver near shipwreck Salem Express, Red Sea EgyptTunatura/Shutterstock

Salem Express

A strong storm caused this ship to hit a coral reef and sink, killing 470 people. It now sits at the bottom of the Red Sea.

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VARIOUS Eduard Bohlen Shipwreck, Namib Desert, Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia, Africa imageBROKER/Shutterstock

Eduard Bohlen

The Eduard Bohlen was a former German cargo ship that ran aground. Its remains can now be seen in the desert on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia. These are the creepiest things that have been found at the bottom of the ocean.

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102 year old Shipwrecks of Homebush Bay in Sydney Australia became A Floating Forest.RRong/Shutterstock

SS Ayerfield

This isn’t actually a shipwreck; the SS Ayerfield was abandoned in Australia’s Homebush Bay after it was contaminated with toxic waste. Its rusted corpse now has a forest of mangrove trees growing on it, making it look absolutely breathtaking. Check out the most incredible undersea treasures that have ever been found.

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Amazing Sunken Ship Bruce Peninsula, Tobermory, Lake Huron, Fathom Five National Marine Park, OntarioKibrok Photography/Shutterstock


This 119-foot boat sank after hitting a rock in shallow water. It now sits at the bottom of Ontario’s Tobermory harbor and can be explored by snorkelers and boaters.

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Pesuta Shipwreck, Naikoon Provincial Park, Haida Gwaii British Columbia CanadaBGSmith/Shutterstock


The Pesuta now sits on the shores of Haida Gwaii archipelago in British Columbia, Canada. To visit the shipwreck, people have to hike four hours through forests and beaches. You’ll also want to look at the beaches with the most gorgeous clear water in the world.

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Shipwreck of the Francisco Morazan off the southern shore of South Manitou Island on Lake Michigan with a drifting over.Luke.Travel/Shutterstock

SS Francisco Morazan

This ship was traveling from Chicago to Holland when a winter storm caused her to run aground off the shore of South Manitou Island in Michigan.

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The USS ARIZONA Memorial in Pearl Harbor. The actual battleship sunk during Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941 is visible directly beneath memorial. June 1 1991.Everett Historical/Shutterstock

USS Arizona

The USS Arizona sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii in 1941. A memorial was built on top so tourists can visit the site of the shipwreck. If you look in the water around the ship, oil can still be seen leaking from the vessel. Next, check out 14 of the most haunted bodies of water.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Senior Production Editor at Trusted Media Brands. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She works with our Production Coordinators to keep content moving and make sure that things are working well behind the scenes for all our digital sites. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine where she lives and works remotely full time and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.