Shipwrecks Around the Google Earth

Shipwrecks in Google EarthThe community of millions of Google Earth users are examining the Earth and finding many interesting things. Some people are making hobbies out of finding particular places or objects in the satellite or aerial photos in GE and putting them into collections. Today I was perusing a collection of visible shipwrecks (by visible they mean shipwrecks which are visible in GE). There is a thread of posts at the Google Earth Community which discusses and maintains the collection of visible shipwrecks which is maintained by someone called ‘sasroodkapje’ from Holland.
This collection not only shows the locations of shipwrecks as placemarks, but some of the placemark descriptions contain closeup photos of the shipwrecks seen from the shore, boats, or from planes. In some cases, links to more information are provided as well.
Check out some other interesting collections:

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. Ian Coleman says:

    On retirement from the Port of Maputo Mozambique, i was the Port Manager of the Port and in the years 2000-2006 have taken many photo images of 22 x wrecks visable in the inner anchorage of the Port. I have only just found this site recently but will gladly share the photos for those interested.
    Ian Coleman

  2. Fanus Engelbrecht says:

    I would like to see the photos – do you also have the detail of the wrecks?

  3. A. Durval says:

    Arundo’s shipwreck is wrongly located inland, on the state of Bahia, Brazil,
    latitude 10°25’47.07″S, longitude 40°57’28.81″W.
    I was not sure how to communicate this, so, please relay this message to the people who could correct the location.
    Thank you,
    A. Durval

  4. I love this program but all the shipwreck icons are getting in the way of everything else. Is there a way to turn it on and off? I’m not very computer-savvy so if that is a stupid question, I’m sorry. Again, I want to keep the app.

  5. Abandoned and left to sink, but they’re still neat to explore.

  6. Axel v. Blomberg says:

    Dear Sir,
    your shipwreck no. 1022, Africa folder, was most probably the SABA ex KOJU MARU NO. 10, built in 1955 in Shimitzu, Japan. IMO 5196115. Last known owner 1970-1980 was the Banyu Shipping & Commercial Co. Ltd. in Bathurst (today Banjul) in Gambia. Local sources in Kafountine, Senegal, still remember that this vessel stranded in 1980. She was empty.
    Do you have other infos ? Can I get a photograph
    of your no. 1022 ? Private purpose only. I am collecting infos about seagoing vessels named after the Queen of Sheba, Saba, Queen of the South.
    Best thanks in advance + kind regards,
    Axel v. Blomberg, Schuetzenweg 1, D-83646 Bad Toelz, Germany

  7. I have personally been to Fanning Island. Someone look just to the east of Weston point on Fanning Island in the republic of Kirbati


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