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This vessel was under-going periodic docking in a floating dock at Singapore.

The floating dock capsized and sank.

Thus the vessel, having openings in the hull and sea valves open, subsequently flooded and also capsized.

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M.V Surf City

While fully loaded with Naphtha she had an explosion in a segregated ballast tank and the subsequent fire raged for several days.

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Incorrect loading caused this vessel to capsize while alongside the loading berth.

Kaohsiung 1973.

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The "Sananda J" sitting on the seabed off Kharg Island, Iran.

This was the aftermath of a missile attack during the Iraq Iran War in the 1980's

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More war damage during the Iraq Iran War in 1987

"SS Bridgeton" became the largest minesweeper in the world! This is the hole, caused by the exploding mine, in the bottom of cargo tank No. 1 Inner Port. The vessel was trimmed 21 metres by the stern to bring the hole above the waterline.

While preparing the ship for repair only two (supposedly) fragments of the mine were found in the ships tanks. This piece measuring 6 x 10 inches (150 x 250mm), shows a high degree of stress exerted on the steel on one side yet looks like relatively normal steel on the other.

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The "New Westminster City" ran aground of Penarth while approaching the port of Cardiff. 1972

The ship subsequently became stranded as the tide went out.

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This vessel, "Bluenorth", failed to stop and/or misjudged the approach and struck the jetty.

Aptly named perhaps. I bet the air was blue when this happened!

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The power of the sea can only be appreciated by witnessing the damage that vessels sustain during bad weather.

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'Quetzalcoatl' at Coatzacoalcos, Mexico

This tanker exploded while welding at a repair berth at Coatzacoalcos in Mexico. Nine persons were killed and eight were injured with the blast in October 2006. The ship has not been moved since and remains as a grim reminder to tankers entering the port.

Coatzacoalcos, Mexico; February 2009

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The Wrecks of Fuerteventura

Having spent several holidays on the island of Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, I have collected these photographs of maritime mishaps.

The "S.S. American Star". Built in 1940, this vessel was being towed to Thailand in 1994, to be converted to a luxury floating hotel. The tow lines parted in a force 11 storm and she was washed ashore on 'Playa de Garsey'.

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The "M.V. Jucar". This small coaster, wrecked some 10 years prior to the "S.S. American Star", is being steadily flattened by the pounding seas.

Built in 1957 as the "M.V. Miguel M. De Pinillos" and wrecked here on 21-Dec-1984.

This wreck is in the foreshore at 'Aguas Verdes'.

February 1996

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The "F.V. Massira". This deep sea fishing vessel went ashore near 'El Toston' lighthouse and was a popular attraction in November 1999.

Have been advised that this vessel was never refloated and became a total loss.

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Some photographs of maritime disasters, and mishaps that I've come across during my years at sea.