Inside the Ghost Ships of the Mothballed Fleet

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  • ‘For decades, dozens of forgotten Navy and merchant ships have been corroding in Suisun Bay, 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. These historic vessels - the Mothball Fleet - served their country in four wars: WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Desert Storm. After a decade of impasse, the ghost fleet is slowly dwindling as the ships are towed out one-by-one for scrapping. About 15 retired ships are already gone; by 2024, the entire fleet will be just a memory’

    Thank you to Scott Haefner and Jonathan Haeber

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    5 comments to Inside the Ghost Ships of the Mothballed Fleet

    • jufjo

      I’d love to have a look around there, I can think of about a zillion horror story ideas just looking at the pictures!

    • mcravener

      More mothball fleet photos at

    • Jacqui

      Imagine the use those ships could provide. A few floating hotels…I would love to take a stroll around a few of them.

    • Malc

      Less of the horror that is HDR please :o )

    • KulkulkanX

      I used to drive past these often when I drove from my home in San Jose to relatives in Sacramento. I’m glad to finally see what the inside of these look like, and sad to learn that they will soon be gone…

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