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Mayday! 17 mysterious shipwrecks you can see on Google Earth

MS World Discoverer

The MS World Discoverer sits just off the shore of one of the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

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The MS World Discoverer sits just off the shore of one of the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

The Danish cruise ship was constructed in 1974 and met disaster after striking a rock during a cruise in 2000, according to the History channel. The crew sent out a distress signal and arranged for all of the passengers to be safely escorted to a passenger ferry.

But the ship's journey wasn't complete. It was looted and damaged during the Solomon Islands Civil War. It still sits at Roderick Bay, where tourists photograph the tropical vegetation growing on its deck. 

Breakwater boat

The Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor in Richmond, California, contains a sunken vessel that was purposefully placed there as a breakwater — a barrier that protects the harbor from San Francisco Bay's never-ending waves.

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The Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor in Richmond, California, contains a sunken vessel that was purposefully placed there as a breakwater — a barrier that protects the harbor from San Francisco Bay's never-ending waves.

Capt. Raymond H. Clark, who started the marina, couldn't afford a breakwater levee, so he came up with the unconventional idea of using sunken ships, according to Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor. He got his hands on condemned wooden schooners and towed them to the best position for the marina.

"This graveyard of coastal steamers was quite picturesque," especially for people fishing for striped bass, which were abundant in the area, Harbor's website said.

Oakland treasure

The waters around Oakland and San Francisco are filled with rotting shipwrecks. This one sits in San Leandro Bay, not too far from the Oakland International Airport.

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The waters around Oakland and San Francisco are filled with rotting shipwrecks. This one sits in San Leandro Bay, not too far from the Oakland International Airport.

Thames River wrecks

These moldering boats sit in the Thames River just off the United States Coast Guard Academy in New, London, Connecticut.

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These moldering boats sit in the Thames River, just off the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

Disaster in Greenland

This shipwreck is wasting away off the southwest coast of Nuuk, Greenland, the country's capital.

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This shipwreck is wasting away off the southwest coast of Nuuk, Greenland.

Ship skeleton off Cape Cod

The outline of a shipwreck can still be seen on Cape Cod's Long Point.

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The outline of a shipwreck can still be seen on Cape Cod's Long Point.

Wrecked in Baja California Sur

This enormous vessel washed ashore on a beach in Mexico's Baja California Sur.

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This enormous vessel washed ashore on a beach in Mexico's Baja California Sur.