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The Mysterious Greek Ship on the Coral Island of Kish.

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Last week, a mysterious wreck appeared on the shores of Myanmar. But there is another story, which speaks of a more or less mysterious wreck, a massive ship landed in the azure waters on the shores of Kish, known as the Greek Ship.
We are off the coast of an Iranian island, where this steamship has been beautifully rusting since the 1960s. It is the ghostly husk of a dead steamship that has not left its spot since 1966 (and probably isn’t leaving any time soon), and now is sitting in the shallow waters off the coast of Iran’s Kish Island.
The rusting husk nicknamed the “Greek Ship” (in Persian کشتی یونانی‎, Kešti-ye Yunāni) is actually what remains of a cargo ship formerly known as the Khoula F. The ship was originally built in Scotland in 1943, by the British shipyard of William Hamilton and Company in Port Glasgow, and known as the Empire Trumpet. She sailed all over the world during her operating life, regularly changing crews and names. Her final owners were Greek, which is how the ship eventually got the common name that it is known by today.

In 1966, the Khoula F ran aground on the south-western coast of Kish in the Persian Gulf and, despite efforts to drag her back out to sea, she was forever stuck in the same place. The Dutch tugboat, Orinoko, spent 80 days in vain trying to pull the ship out. Others failed attempts were made to free it, but the passengers were finally forced to abandon ship, because it was not financially feasible to move it. Information obtained from Lloyds of London insurance company show that the ship flew a Greek flag and was called Kolaof at the time. So, the insurers declared Khoula F a total loss and she has remained beached ever since. Ironically, she was on her way to Greece when she ran aground, and according to legend, the owners set the ship on fire when they abandoned it, assumedly as a cheap form of ship-breaking. It is hard to know whether this is true today as time and rust have taken their toll on the ship. Portions of the ship are falling apart, and the whole story is a rusting wreck.
But even as a wreck it remains a scenic piece of trash, and surely worth a visit: watching the sun set slowly behind the Greek Ship in the azure waters of the Persian Gulf is an unforgettable and incredible show.

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