8 Forgotten Giants . . . . . .
2 - The "American Star"
One of the most remarkable shipwrecks on record, the S.S. America was beached off the coast of the Canary Islands, after a storm broke the towlines from a tugboat dragging the ship near the coast of Morocco. After it beached, the America’s hull split in two, and the stern section eventually sank. An interesting note: locals from the Canary Island of Fuerteventura have ransacked the ship, and much of their home furnishings, etc. are former pieces of the great merchant liner. The bow of the S.S. America (actually called the American Star at the time of its demise) still remains beached about a mile from shore.