76 Abandoned Frozen Ships

Abandoned Frozen Ships

Posted on February 25, 2008 by

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Those scenes remind the scenes from the "Day After Tomorrow" movie, but it's not a movie scene. These are abandoned ships left to rust near Kamchatka, Russia.

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76 Responses to “Abandoned Frozen Ships”

  1. Cigar Jack says:

    Those are some great photos and very desolate looking.

  2. KanuTaH says:

    Need to build ten more improved versions.

  3. Swede says:

    I guess the crews forgot where they parked their ship.

  4. Jay says:

    All aboard the failboat!

  5. John from Kansas says:

    Kamchatka is also a land of great beauty.

  6. Fettbert says:

    a lovely place for a walk

  7. FAILBOAT says:


  8. Setan HIjau says:

    despite the destruction it still looks beautiful.

  9. Knee Grow says:

    Failboat is happy

  10. Richard S. says:

    I think these photos are Chutkotka not Kamchatka…

  11. wooshkaboom says:

    Failboat? That’s more like a whole fleet of fail.

  12. Louise says:

    Why did they founder to begin with? And don’t they clutter up the port, making it difficult for other boats?

    And why don’t they sink, when the ice melts?

  13. a says:

    this is amazing. are they actually on land, or sticking out through water, or what exactly?

  14. Ron Paul says:

    I agree.

  15. Michael says:

    The water is not shallow enough for the ships to sink completely. The water is frozen over, obviously. In warmer months you wouldn’t be able to approach the ships due to the water and contamination. I have read that that area, and many of the ships are contaminated with extremely hazardous materials, some radioactive.

  16. Arlss says:

    Looks like a very surreal place
    very jealous!

  17. reality says:

    Great pictures, but disgusting disregard for our planet.

    • ovi says:

      you can’t dude, those ships are contaminated by radioactive materials and others are contaminated with really nasty stuff.. the best is let them to rust until they disapear… like in 50 years to 1 century…

  18. Boomschtick says:

    They should get those things cleaned up and scuttle them to make artifical reefs. It would be the cheapest way to put them to good use assuming you could get them to where you wanted them.

  19. VW says:

    Great pictures but sad to see them.

  20. A Reader says:

    Anyone have latitude / longitude to see these in Google Earth?

  21. /o+0dUkT ID 10 T says:

    If you like of course you can make a furnace that recycles the thing by eating it up; it’s too dangerous to have people do that, or of course people would (and perhaps in summer (3 mos.) some do.)

    They make lousy artificial reefs of because of the vanadium and copper content, but if you can treat the surface before scuttling it, it might work (make the point moot, encourage reef scavengers, etc.)

    Giant Radioactive 60-foot Kamchatka Crabs though…priceless.
    Second use for that furnace, too.
    Just need a truck of hot butter, and another one of giant tiny crab forks.

  22. John says:

    Looks like a pretty kewl place to hang out. How’s that for something nice to say? I don’t hate Russia, I’d love to bring some capitalism over there myself. We could remove any toxic stuff if there actually is any and convert the wrecks into summer condos, complete with a Starbuck’s. Maybe it would be a good training camp for a professional football team.

  23. lawlcat says:

    My anti-spam word was vodka. Somehow, that seems rather Russian to me.

  24. CZenda says:

    Why do some of the ships have Chinese markings?

    • Yuji says:

      It seems that the ship was
      owened by Chinese people.

      That chinese letter “明 (MING)”
      means “blightness” in Japanese.

  25. Fred Fry says:

    I wonder how many of these were nuclear powered……..

    Surely none I hope, but that’s ok, where are the pictures of the frozen nuclear waste dumps;)

  26. zabjudah says:

    awesome buddy

  27. There is a measure of stark beauty in the cold arctic tundra

  28. NinaZer0 says:

    I think I found the place on Google Maps. If it is Kamchatka, then try looking at 52.956650, 158.682318. The resolution isn’t great and the photos are from 2006 but it looks like a plausible site. Depends on how many rusting hulks are lying around, I guess.

    • Autoguy says:

      Yes. Your marker landed on the very spot I was looking also. To the north across the bay, the cranes and the three smoke stacks can be seen, and to the east, the round storage tank. It is indeed the spot!

      To clean this up is a big job. The people who live there cannot be blamed, they do not have the resources to deal with such a thing. Boat junkyards like this are all over, including here in the USA. People all over the world all want the same thing, it is only the governments who want to make differences.

  29. squirm says:

    This is really cool! Thanks for the google earth location! Where I live we have an old fleet but it never freezes so we can’t walk up to it.

  30. Ortodox says:

    Russia is beatiful countru

  31. simon says:

    Once again…abandoned. “Oh well, we are somehow not responsible for this therefore we shall simply ignore these marks upon our landscape”

  32. K T Cat says:

    Wow! I borrowed a photo to use on my blog and linked back to your story. Here’s the post. Please let me know if you want me to take it down.

  33. Stuff like this would never happen in US or Canada. There will be some smart guy who will recover them and sell… or make something new from this bunch of metal…

    • Atru says:

      Certainly because in US and Canada change old ships on new and process old.

      But this photos shows ships, that was thrown with Soviet Empire in the past. Not becaus it’s very old. It’s destroyed because all North was died. We have there only desert-ghost towns, port, plants…
      It’s all died with Russia…

  34. Pkersuli says:

    Call the gypsis, they will sell this ships to the junk-metal buyer.

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  38. Nepon says:

    What an amazing site
    The comment by cigars is accurate and true
    I am amazed that with China’s voracious appetite for raw metals – scouring the globe for raw metal for its factories and automotive plants that this treasure trove of steel still exists
    Only the metal has got to retreived during the brief summertime thaw period

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  42. Aleksandr says:

    This is in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, I think.

  43. Phil says:

    You think these pics are neat, wait until the Democrats & Obama’s stimulus package kicks in.

  44. tim says:

    I wanna see Al Gore and his wacks stand on one of those ships and scream…GLOBAL WARMING!!!…I mean…CLIMATE CHANGE!!!

  45. tapas says:

    Each picture should and must carry html codes……..
    Pictures are so beautiful that cant be shared in any site or blog.

    • Kapitan says:

      The logo of android-weeper is in the pictures, that should suffice.

      Posting against sharing on a sharing site… At least they are fair here and leave a link to the author.

  46. Tile Saw says:

    Global warming!! hahaha..

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  49. Grisha says:

    the ship,shown on this photo,is a fishing factory trawler,
    Atlantic-333 project,was built in Stralsund ( East Germany)
    in 70s-80s.

  50. Grisha says:

    was built in 1977
    name ” Ehn Welk”
    the port of sign Rostock
    renamed in 1992 to MING CHANG
    info> 1977 EHM WELK 203 ROS 333 Rostock
    that’s all ,i could find
    and there are stiil some of such type of vessels fishing oceanwide

  51. Flu-Bird says:

    Kind of like the SARGASSO SEA with all those old ships stuck in all that seaweed

  52. capt. ahab says:

    I’m going to claim them as salvage, and wait for global warming to re-float them an go after a white whale

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    Want me to send an army of gypsies to wipe it all out?

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  61. East Doctor to Rus says:

    What’s the name of the sci-fi Russian movie where these guys are exploring these ships near Siberia?

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