When you are a photographer you can have some strange life goals. For years I had been trying to photograph a graveyard for old boats. It is not an easy place to get to. When you figure it out, it makes the images more fulfilling because making them was an adventure. The photographs were made from a kayak or drone. That lead me to realize the historic importance of these abandoned ships. Here is a gallery of the ship’s I’ve photographed.


Clicking on any photo below will open the gallery.


Staten Island New York Ships’ Graveyard

This salvage yard for old ships and boats dates back to the 1930’s. The deteriorating old hulks remain as a treasure trove of maritime history.


Concrete Ships

Building ships out of concrete seems like an odd idea, but material shortages in the two world wars brought that idea into reality. The first attempt in World War I was not successful. The hulk of one experimental ship, The Atlantus, remains wrecked just off shore in Cape May New Jersey. World War II brought better technology and a small fleet of these concrete ships were made and saw service. Now the surviving and abandonded ships are mostly used as breakwaters.


Other Ships

The remains of old boats and ships litter the shorelines of rivers and oceans. Each has its story and its history.