The history of "America" began in the shipyard Newport News (Virginia, USA). The launching took place August 31, 1939 in the presence of the Eleanor Roosevelt. The interior of the ship tried to make as more comfortable, and in its decoration used ceramic and stainless steel. August 22, 1940 "America" went on its first trip, but already in 1941 the ship was requisitioned by the naval forces of the United States and sent back to Newport News to be converted into a warship. After the war, "America" went from New York - Le Havre - Bremehafen, and in 1964 was sold to a Greek company and renamed "Australis". After serving in the Greek ship resold five times. Last resale took place in 1993 for conversion into a five-star floating hotel in Thailand, this time the ship was named "Star of America". In 1993, the ship left Greece in tow, but the storm tow rope broke. Several attempts to restore it have been unsuccessful, and 18 January 1994 "Star of America" ran aground near the Canary Islands.
Ship with the sonorous name World Discoverer («World Discoverer") was built in 1974. His main task was to cruises in the polar regions. The vessel's hull is specially designed so that the ship could cope with the impact of the polar ice caps, but it did not save him: April 30, 2000 World Discoverer undesignated hit a reef on the map, starboard received significant damage. To prevent flooding of the ship and avoid human casualties, the captain decided to "release" stranded in the Bay of Roderick Dhu. Despite the fact that the vessel was subsequently ransacked by looters, at the present moment it is a popular destination for lovers of sea romance.
Mediterranean Sky, or as it was called during construction, City of York, was built in 1952 in Newcastle (England). Cruise ship departed from London in November 1953 and served in that port until 1971, until it was sold and renamed the Mediterranean Sky. The last voyage of the vessel took place in August 1996 on the route Brindisi - Patras. Due to the financial situation of the company, the shipowner in 1997 on the ship was seized. Two years later the Mediterranean Sky was towed into the bay Eleusis (Greece). In late 2002, the ship began taking on water and lean. To prevent drowning, it was towed to shallow water, but it did not help: in January 2003, the ship still capsized on one side, and remained lying in anticipation of his fate.
Captayannis was a Greek cargo ship, the main objective of which is the carriage of sugar. In 1974, during a storm the ship was severely damaged by a collision with a tanker, anchor chains recently damaged housing Captayannis, and began to come into the water. The captain tried to send a ship in shallow water, where he successfully got stuck on a sandbank. However, the next morning, the ship turned over and is still lying there. Looters carried out of the ship all that is possible, and now he slowly covered with vegetation and is home to many birds. Locals simply called him "The Human Cargo" and gladly show all visitors.
French barge BOS 400 was the largest floating crane in Africa 100 meters long, which is June 26, 1994 ran aground in the Bay of South Africa during towing Russian "Tiger". The courts had to overcome the path of the Congo to Cape Town, but during the storm towing cable was damaged, and the barge ran aground in place under the name of Duiker Point. Despite several attempts to tow a floating crane was completely lost.
La Famille Express
La Famille Express was built in 1952 in Poland to 1999 he served in the Soviet Navy under the name of "Fort Shevchenko" and then was sold and got his second (and last) name. The circumstances of the shipwreck is not known, except that the ship ran aground during a hurricane "Frances" in 2004 in the southern waters of Provo, near the Turks and Caicos Islands (Caribbean). No attempt to tow the ship had been taken, and it quickly looters ransacked. But now abandoned ship serves as a great attraction for all tourists caught up in these parts.
HMAS Protector was acquired by the Government of South Australia once in 1884 to protect the coastline from possible attacks. The ship was the First World War and nearly passed the second. Ironically, the ship was wrecked by a collision with a tug in July 1943 on the way to New Guinea. The rusting remains of the ship can still be seen on the same spot.
Evangelia - it is a merchant ship, which was built at the same shipyard, where the "Titanic." May 28, 1942 the ship was launched under the name of Empire Strength. Later, he was also known under the names Saxon Star, Redbrook and, finally, Evangelia. In 1968, during the night of thick fog ship drifted too close to the shore and ran aground near Costinesti (Romania). Some say that this was done on purpose to get paid by insurance. The hypothesis is indirectly confirmed by the fact that at the time of the crash, despite the dense fog, the sea was not a storm, and all the equipment worked properly.
Crash Maheho can rightly be called one of the most famous shipwrecks of the XX century. The ship was built in 1905 and was one of the first turbine steamers. Maheho walked on regular flights Sydney - Auckland as long as it is not called to serve in the First World War. In 1935 the ship was sold to Japan. During his tow ships caught in a severe storm, and the tow rope broke. Futile attempts to fix the cable in the storm nor to no avail, and Maheho went to "free floating" with eight crew members on board. Three days later, the ship was found on the shore of Fraser Island - no one from the team, fortunately, was not injured. After this incident Maheho was for sale, but buyers have not found, and it is still in the same place. Beaten time, rusted and anyone but tourists are not required.
"Dimitrios" (former name - «Klintholm»), - a small, 67-meter cargo ship built in 1950. He was thrown out at the beach, in the prefecture of Laconia Valtaki in Greece December 23, 1981.
There are rumors that the ship was used for cigarette smuggling between Turkey and Italy. He had deliberately thrown the team stranded on the beach Valtaki, about 5 kilometers from the port of Gythio and then set on fire to hide the evidence of contraband cigarettes.
Olympia was a commercial ship, which in 1979 was captured by pirates on the way from Cyprus to Greece. After an unsuccessful attempt to pull the boat out of the bay near the island of Amorgos, where he drove the pirates, the ship remained there until the present time, becoming the most remarkable sites of the island.
"Santa Maria" was a Spanish freighter, the main objective of which is the carriage of a huge number of different kinds of gifts from the Spanish government to those who supported the country during the economic crisis. The ship was carrying sports cars, food, medicine, clothing and more. September 1, 1968 the ship ran aground, when passed through Cape Verde on the way to Brazil and Argentina. Local tug tried to save the ship, but the attempt failed, but the precious cargo somehow miraculously disappeared. Since then, the "Santa Maria" is one of the main attractions of Cape Verde.