Capsized Cruise Ship Captured in Google Earth / Maps

[UPDATED 2009-Sep: – use Historical Imagery to see the cruise ship. Image dated Feb. 2, 2004]

Capsized Cruise Ship in Korea in Google EarthCapsized Cruise Ship in Korea

This is a cool discovery which was actually found a few months ago by ‘Neutje’ at the Google Earth Community. A satellite photo of the port of Pusan, Korea shows a capsized cruise ship laying on its side after it was hit by the 2003 Typhoon Maemi. You can see it in Google Earth or Google Maps, and you can also see this photo of the ship from the ground. Also, here’s a news story from China Daily, and one from USA Today. via GoogleMapsMania.
Here are some other examples of interesting things found in Google Earth’s aerial/satellite photos:

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Sweet, thats awesome

  2. We encourage the web site. This site is more wonderful. It helps the tourists, any kind of people

  3. Jack Patino says:

    I was checking out the Stratosphere tower in Las Vegas, Nevada, and I found this weird shot of the shadow of the tower, but not tower? Is it me, or does this seem way too strange?

  4. Jack Patino says:

    Yes! I just checked out ground photos of the Stratosphere tower and compared them to the Google Earth satellite photo, and for some reason, the tower is missing! How many other people have caught this?

  5. bhubaneshwar says:

    I find google earth excellent. I live in Sambalpur, Orissa, India , but the aerial photo of the World famous ‘HIRAKUD DAM’ is hazy, why???I had asked this question higher, but still waiting for the answer.
    DR.B.SARAF Ph.D.

  6. Dr. Saraf,
    Remember, GE is made up of lots of images, stitched together. The section that covers the dam appears to be from shots taken in 2003, while Sambalpur is covered by images from 2006 — the quality is much higher in the later images.

  7. google earth rulez!

  8. Intresting article..great..thanks.
    i have also a great blog Cruise Carnival

  9. Well, I checked the Google Earth Satellie image and can see the tower AND shadow as plain as day.
    Try looking again – follow the shadow to the right and you’ll see the white base of the tripod shaped tower and the disc shape at the top is the pod with the aerial..
    It’s there – trust me
    ( from a Canadian who can see the CN tower as plain as day)

  10. Joe Kibler says:

    What do you think created the seven linear undersea rectangles off the continental shelf east of the Maryland coast?

  11. someone who loves to cruise thats absolutely frightening to see.

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  13. Kenneth Posey says:

    Google earth is excellent, we can easily locate certain places. I enjoy reading this article. Good post.

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