Well , there's nothing magic , or exiting about this ship graveyard. For years , Mauritanian harbour offiecers were so corrupt , that they let discard ships in the harbour in exchange of some cash (directly to the officer's pockets ) .
Discarding a ship is horrilbly expensives, so during decades ,lots of unwanted ships ended up in the Harbour of Port-Ettiene (nowdays Nouadibou ) .
2 years ago the thing was so out of control , that even Mauritanians started to worry . As far as I know ,they give the contract to a Spanish ship company to either refloat all these junk and take it away , or destroy in situ (with explosions ) the remaining wrecks
but Its nothign beautifull . Its a smelly , stinky , rusty collection of dodgy , small fishing boats.
If someone is in these kind of things .. there are much more interesting wrecks , beetween Boujour and Dakcla (essencially the same , some people just crash the boat in the shore and run avay to avoid paying charges for that ,as It was no-man's-land during the Western Sahara war , etc..
These more interesting wrecks are in the beach , so they are ready for "inspection " . Be wary as a lot of people live inside , and -while generally willing to show the boat for you , they can be skecty sometimes- Be prepared to pay around 1 -2 Euros for a full tour inside the huge merchant boats. You can even buy from them some memorabilia (gauges , funny boat things , etc.. ) if you are lucky .
Have a nice day
Last edited by javierCarrion; 30 Oct 2006 at 02:54.