The largest ship graveyard in the world can be found in Mauritania’s Bay of Nouadhibou. Nouadhibou was originally a port settled by French merchants before World War I. As the popularity of iron mining in the area grew, lawlessness began to overtake it. Soon captains discovered that they could abandon their vessels for a simple bribe, instead of paying hefty fees and doing the grueling work associated with shipbreaking. In fact, people are still abandoning their ships there today. The most famous of the bay’s ships is United Malika, a nearly 400-foot reefer vessel.