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Ship Cemetery

A photo essay on the world's largest collection of abandoned boats

by Maggie York-Worth
on 31 March 2010

Mauritania's Nouadhibou Bay, the largest ship graveyard in the world, is where fishermen and captains go to abandon their dying vessels. Photographer Jan Smith spent considerable time and effort attempting to gain access, although the Mauritanian Army barred his way before he was able to convince them of his purely artistic pursuits.


The resulting sad, quietly violent gallery documents sunken hulls and rusting boats. Mostly comprised of cast-offs for insurance fraud, Nouadhibou Bay still remains a maritime mystery.


To view the complete gallery, visit Good Magazine.

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