Ships and boats are are a fascinating invention borne from the need for necessity and the spirit of human adventure. From the beginning of time, nations have relied on shipping to expand empires, massive ocean liners have transported tourists to distant lands, and hearty little tug boats have guided immense cargo vessels through busy commercial waters.
But the rise of air travel and the decline of shipbuilding have left coasts, rivers and waterways littered with the shells of abandoned ships, boats and shipyards. They may not be pretty, but they do provide a fascinating look into the past, and a thrilling subject for photographers and maritime enthusiasts.
Here's a fascinating photographic look at some of these abandoned ships