Saturday, May 19, 2012
Angola's Shipwreck Beach
Some 20 miles north of Angola's capital, Luanda, lies a stretch of beach that is an eerie resting place for 20 + derelict and rusting ships. Known by locals as Praia da Santiago or Praia do Sarico, the 1.5 mile stretch of beach is better known as Shipwreck Beach or Karl Marx Beach, named after the biggest shipwreck on the beach. Off shore and along this stretch of beach are dozens of rusting hulks of tankers, cargo ships and fishing vessels. Many legends have been passed along concerning how the large ships mysteriously arrived there. But in reality, with the absence of salvage facilities, the most likely explanations for this site is that the ships were removed from Luanda harbor after being unseaworthy. Either the ships were intentionally grounded onshore on this beach or their offshore moorings rusted through and the tide and currents pushed them ashore. Truly an incredibly photogenic spot.