Avro Shackleton Pelican 16 Wreck, Sahara Desert

This Avro Shackleton of the South African Air Force was restored to flight in 1994. But it crashed later that year while transiting to the UK. The aircraft, SAAF 1716, call sign Pelican 16, was forced to make an emergency landing after suffering a double engine failure. Nobody was injured in the crash, but the aircraft was abandoned in the Sahara Desert.

Sister aircraft ‘Pelican 22‘, owned by the South African Air Force Museum, is the only remaining airworthy Shackleton MR3 in the world. While it’s been grounded due to safety and preservation reasons, the engines are run-up once a month.

Fishing boat stuck on the barrier reef

Rarotonga is the capital of the Cook Islands, a lovely volcanic island surrounded by a pristine barrier reef.
The Cook Islands which consists of 15 islands in the sparkling Pacific Ocean. The islands hold fascination to scientists who study it’s volcanic origins. Rarotonga is a raised island cone with rainforest leading down to a barrier reef. Inhabited by Polynesians, it was a British protectorate from 1888 and eventually became a New Zealand dependency in 1901. In 1960’s The Cook Islands became a self governing state.

PBY Catalina, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

In 1960, Thomas Kendall, his family, and a photographer from Life magazine set off on a round the world pleasure trip in this Catalina.
On 22nd March they touched down in the Gulf of Aqaba.
The following day they were attacked with automatic gun fire from a headland nearby by local people who had mistaken them for Israeli commandos.
Mr Kendall and his secratary were injured and 4,000 litres of fuel poured onto the sand. After interogation in Jeddah they were all released.

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After Hurricane Isaac uncovered a shipwreck apparently hidden beneath the sands of an Alabama beach, curious locals learned an unexpected lesson in maritime history while visiting the photogenic hull. Shipwrecks, it seem, exert a very specific type of gravity. They are like train wrecks caught mid-horror and, no, people can’t look away.

The best example of this phenomenon may well be the wreck of the Salem Express, which sits in the Red Sea. The wreck was recent enough — the ship went down in 1991 — that no one struggles to remember the lives that were lost as the ferry sank into the sea after striking a reef, but the wreck is already a huge attraction for divers, who can still see the luggage that still sits in the hull.

The Salem Express is part of an unusual group of shipwrecks because, unlike the Titanic or the Andrea Doria, it can be visited by tourists. While many of the world’s wrecks sit in water too deep to dive, the Express is a long held breath away from the surface. As such it makes our list of the world’s most interesting accessible wrecks.

These boats, which sit above and below the water all over the world, can provide travelers with the same glimpse the folks in Alabama got after Isaac, a view into the gullet of the ocean.