These are the most mysterious abandoned ships! Get ready to find out everything you didn’t know about the world’s most mysterious ships and numerous abandoned shipwrecks!
7. Mothball Fleet
Although these ships are currently abandoned, they could be brought back to life at any given moment. The United States Navy reserve fleet, also known as the “Mothball Fleet,” is kept under maintenance that ensures the vessels can be activated in the case of an emergency. However, most of the ships eventually become too old to be worth keeping and are used as scrap metal or in weapons testing. But, they have come in handy during some situations, such as the Korean War. After World War II, hundreds of vessels were no longer required; so, many of them were put into storage at these reserve sites. Most of these were in the Liberty Ships class, meaning that they were mass-produced and used mainly for transporting people to and from the United States, Russia, and Europe. However, most of the boats were deactivated in the 1970s.
6. SS American Star
This ocean liner was built in 1940. It was initially called the SS America but went on to be called several different names, including the USS West Point, SS Australis, SS Noga, SS Alferdoss, and SS American Star. It was built to hold a total of one thousand eight hundred forty-five people, including the crew members. The SS America is partially known for the two German spies, Stigler and Siegler, that were working undercover as seamen in the Duquesne Spy Ring. The ship was later expanded for use by the Navy to carry troops and could then fit over seven thousand six hundred people. Fast forward to the 1980s, and Silver Moon Ferries purchased the vessel. During its time with the company, the then-SS Alferdoss experienced a burst pipe that flooded some crew quarters and the engine room. It was going to be scrapped, but the merchant that bought it pulled out. In August 1993, the boat was named the American Star. After its tow from Greece began in December 1993, it got caught up in a thunderstorm in the Atlantic Ocean. The tow-lines proceeded to break and to re-attach them proved hopeless. In January 1994, the crew was rescued via helicopter. The ship was abandoned and wrecked in the Canary Islands just off the coast of Fuerteventura. Within two days, the American Star was broken into two pieces by powerful waves. As of 2013, the ship had collapsed to the point that it was no longer visible on Google Maps.