Abandoned Ship
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Kayakers Discover and Explore Creepy Abandoned Ship Hidden in a Swamp


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What could be spookier than an abandoned ship in a swamp?

One of the great things about kayaking is that paddling these smaller craft allows people to reach areas that are inaccessible to other boaters. You can go into extremely shallow areas, ones that are overgrown with trees and other growth. For anglers, it brings a huge advantage in reaching the hidden spots. For those who just like adventure and exploring, it can reveal other things that time forgot.

For instance, how about a spooky old ship seemingly abandoned in a swamp? That does make for an unexpected  and rare find. At the same time, we cannot help but feel intrigued and curious about such an expensive vessel simply being left to rot.

While it sounds like something from a Scooby Doo cartoon, that is exactly what the guys in this video from Mobile Instinct find in New Jersey. Tucked back into the weeds off a river is a yacht that clearly has not sailed in decades. Undaunted, they decide to climb on board and have a look around inside.

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Large boats get extremely creepy when they are left abandoned to rot like this. At the same time, we cannot blame these guys for wanting to explore it. Not that we recommend exploring something like this. It is always dangerous to walk in anything abandoned where the stability of the floors is in question.

However, it is always fascinating to see time and nature take their toll on the things humans have created. It gets the gears churning in our imagination. What was this ship? When did it last run? And of course, why did the owners simply decide to leave it in a bunch of reeds to rot?

At this point, it does seem this boat is past the point of no return. The flooding in the lower deck and the collapsed ceiling have taken their toll on the structure. Odds are good this thing will be sinking into the mud in another 20 or 30 years if it is not removed from the swamp now. It just goes to show you never know what you will find while out exploring the world around you.

For more outdoor content from Travis Smola, be sure to follow him on Twitter and check out his Geocaching and Outdoors with Travis YouTube channels

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