Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay

National Marine Sanctuary Proposed for Potomac

The rusting remains of the S.S. Accomac stand sentinel at the lower end of Mallows Bay.

Clean-up volunteers beach their canoes on the deck of a ghost ship being reclaimed by nature.

Peering into a hollowed-out stump on the overgrown deck of a ghost ship reveals these snail shells.

A skeletal tree rises up like a foremast from the decaying hull of a ship. Structures at Quantico, Virginia, are visible to the far left.

Trees and shrubs have colonized the remains of a ship backed up to the shore.

The Nature Conservancy protected Liverpool Point (seen here in the background) and transferred it to the state. The point frames the lower end of Mallows Bay.

The ghost fleet was burned to the waterline in this basin that now hosts kayaks and fishing boats. Note the mostly submerged vessel in the foreground.

Mallows Bay has been proposed as a national marine sanctuary. Return to story


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