Garden Island Ship Graveyard by Mickmike76 (Australia Photo Spot)

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Garden Island Ships' Graveyard - Photo by Mickmike76

The southern shore of Garden Island in the North Arm of the Port River is one of the largest and most diverse ships’ graveyards in the world. Home to 26 vessels dating from 1856 the shoreline is dotted with the remains of sailing ships, steamers, motor vessels, ferries, barges, dredgers and pontoons. The graveyard is also a haven for birdlife and marine creatures (there is often a few dolphins hanging around this area). The ships are best seen by canoe or kayak and the paddling route is marked by three on-water signs near the main group of wrecks. Launch from the Garden Island boat ramp and head east before turning right into North Arm. The first ship you come across is Santiago, an early iron ship. It is the oldest ship in the graveyard and the last to be abandoned there. Note – the lower the tide the more you will be able to see. (Garden Island, South Australia, Australia)

 

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