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Someone recently found the concrete ship wreck shown in the Amazing Photos thread, so I thought I'd share one I've visited in person.


Near Churchill, Manitoba Canada is the wreck of the SS Ithaca. Here is the Google Satellite image and Wikipedia article.


If you know of a wreck visible on Google Satellite from anywhere in the world, please post it! I find these derelict hulks fascinating.










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A couple of years ago the water level in Stockholm harbour was unusually low. On the beach of Kastellholmen island surfaced an unknown wreck suspected to be a 17th century Danish prize that later was deliberately sunk at the spot to act as pier. Only small parts remain, but interesting nonetheless. Pictures here, including a detail on what appears to show how a deck clamp was bolted to the frames:


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Just ran across this thread. It got me to thinking about whether the remains of my grandfather's brigantine Galilee were still visible in the mud in Sausalito, California. As it turned out, they are in Google Earth. I verified this with the Galilee Harbor Community Association management today. Load the KML file in the zip file attached. You will need to have the free Google Earth program installed to view the timbers.





Galilee Final Resting Place.zip

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If you go to location 52°33'07.02" N   4°36'10.96" E in GoogleEarth, you will see just a beach off Castricum in the Netherlands. However, when you switch to the 2005 image, you will see the ghost of S.M.S. SALAMANDER, which was an armoured gunboat of 1872 of the Imperial German Navy. She sank there in a storm in 1919 being towed to the Netherlands to be broken up. The shifting sands now seem to have covered her remains that were still visible in 2006 at very low tide. At some stage attempts were made to salvage and restore her, but it proved to difficult and costly.


S.M.S. SALAMANDER was one of the boats of the WESPE-Class, the prototype of which I am currently building: http://www.maritima-et-mechanika.org/maritime/models/wespe/wespeclass.html (see also the building log on the forum).

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