Get a Bird's-Eye View of New York's Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard

Kirstin Fawcett

As WIRED reports, Staten Island's southwest coast is home to dozens of old, decaying ships. The haunting spot is called the Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard; it's named after the Arthur Kill, the tidal strait separating the island from New Jersey.

The nautical dumping ground dates back to the years following World War II, when a nearby scrapyard started buying outdated boats for parts. However, the scrapyard ended up receiving so many boats that they couldn't maintain them all. Soon, some of the vessels became so decrepit that they were no longer valuable. They were left to languish in the marshy waters, and the site is today closed to the public.

Over the years, the Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard has been featured in photographs and documentaries. Now, you can get a unique bird's-eye view of the wreckage via drone footage. Slate recently posted the above video, which was shot by videographer Chad Aaronson. Check out his eerie shots of the abandoned industrial cemetery.

All images courtesy of YouTube.

[h/t Slate]