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29th Nov '17 8:42:47 AM johnsmithxxi
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* Part 2 of the FiveEpisodePilot of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' involved searching for a Spanish galleon in the middle of a desert. It had gotten there in the first place because of a torrential rainstorm that floods said desert every hundred years.

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* Part 2 of the FiveEpisodePilot of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' ("Wronguay in Ronguay") involved searching for a Spanish galleon in the middle of a desert. It had gotten there in the first place because of a torrential rainstorm that floods said desert every hundred years.
21st Nov '17 3:52:03 PM eroock
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* Invoked in the movie ''Film/{{Fitzcarraldo}}'' (also from Creator/WernerHerzog, the director of ''Aguirre'') where the titular mad rubber baron moves a steamship through mountains and jungles in order to put it on an unreachable river. The movie's [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c2/Fizzcarraldo.jpg?uselang=es prop ship]] was later abandoned in the Peruvian jungle after filming was completed, making it also a RealLife version of the trope.

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* Invoked in In the movie ''Film/{{Fitzcarraldo}}'' (also from Creator/WernerHerzog, the director of ''Aguirre'') where the titular mad rubber baron moves a steamship through mountains and jungles in order to put it on an unreachable river. The movie's [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c2/Fizzcarraldo.jpg?uselang=es prop ship]] was later abandoned in the Peruvian jungle after filming was completed, making it also a RealLife version of the trope.
15th Aug '17 6:41:54 AM isolato
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Ship_of_the_Desert Lost Ship of the Desert]] of the American folklore.
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20th Jul '17 2:06:46 PM HeraldAlberich
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--> Ajax: I don't know how he did it, but I know HE did it!"

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--> Ajax: -->'''Ajax:''' I don't know how he did it, but I know HE did it!"it!



* Used symbolically in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' where Jack Sparrow's version of IronicHell has him pulling one of these, as a pirate the worst place for him to be would be in the middle of a desert. Not that this minor setback [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome stopped him]].

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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
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Used symbolically in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', where Jack Sparrow's version of IronicHell has him pulling one of these, attempting to pull the ''Black Pearl'' across an endless salt flat; as a pirate the worst place for him to be would be is in the middle of a desert. Not that this minor setback [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome stopped him]].stops him--with a bit of help from the witch Tia Dalma, the ''Pearl'' is sailed overland until it reaches the spectral ocean at World's End.



* ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' is dumbfounded to see a ship sailing through the Sinai desert. It actually means he's reached the Suez Canal and safety.
** The funny thing about this is that ancient versions of the Suez Canal have been constructed and reclaimed by the desert before, in ancient human history. If the Suez Canal of today were to be abandoned, it would eventually sand in.
* An interesting inversion is seen in ''Film/{{Waterworld}}'' during the expedition in the diving bell - a submarine is seen having crashed into the side of a skyscraper in the flooded city.
* The plot of ''Film/{{Sahara 2005}}'' involves a literal shipwreck in the Sahara which is supposed to be loaded with Confederation gold coins of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar.

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* ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' In ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'', Lawrence is dumbfounded to see a ship sailing through the Sinai desert. It actually means he's reached the Suez Canal and safety.
** The
safety.[[note]]The funny thing about this is that ancient versions of the Suez Canal have been constructed and reclaimed by the desert before, in ancient human history. If the Suez Canal of today were to be abandoned, it would eventually sand in.
in.[[/note]]
* An interesting inversion is seen in ''Film/{{Waterworld}}'' during the expedition in the diving bell - a bell--a submarine is seen having crashed into the side of a skyscraper in the flooded city.
* The plot of ''Film/{{Sahara 2005}}'' involves a literal shipwreck in the Sahara which is supposed to be loaded with Confederation Confederate gold coins of from UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar.



* The plot of ''Literature/{{Sahara}}'' by Creator/CliveCussler involves a literal shipwreck in the Saharah- a ''Confederate Ironclad''. Really.
** Its ''cargo'' is the most surprising thing. [[spoiler: It's the corpse of Abraham Lincoln. The one shot at Ford's theater was an unwitting double. Also, shitloads of Confederate gold.]]

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* The plot of ''Literature/{{Sahara}}'' by Creator/CliveCussler involves a literal shipwreck in the Saharah- a Saharah--a ''Confederate Ironclad''. Really.
** Its
Really. What's more, its ''cargo'' is the most surprising thing. [[spoiler: It's the corpse of Abraham Lincoln. The one shot at Ford's theater was an unwitting double. Also, shitloads of Confederate gold.]]



* ''Literature/StarTrekDestiny'' begins with Earth's second starship, the NX-02 Columbia, [[http://images.wikia.com/startrek/images/f/f7/Columbia_in_desert.jpg being found on the surface of a remote desert planet.]]

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* ''Literature/StarTrekDestiny'' begins with Earth's second starship, the NX-02 Columbia, ''Columbia'', [[http://images.wikia.com/startrek/images/f/f7/Columbia_in_desert.jpg being found on the surface of a remote desert planet.]]planet]].



* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'' involves a pirate crew that somehow shipwrecked into a desert. Apparently, they beached themselves so hard that the front end of the ship ''punched through the ground'' and now sticks out in ''Subrosia''.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' gives us the Sandship, which used to be a seafaring vessel until the seas dried out and filled with sand. At least, until you activate the Timeshift Stone on board...
* Happens in the original ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]'' with the pirate ship in the middle of Teehee Valley.

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'' ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons]]''
involves a pirate crew that somehow shipwrecked into a desert. Apparently, they beached themselves so hard that the front end of the ship ''punched through the ground'' and now sticks out in ''Subrosia''.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' gives us the Sandship, which used to be a seafaring vessel until the seas dried out and filled with sand. At least, until you activate the Timeshift Stone on board...
board, restoring both the ship and the ocean around it to their former glory.
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'':
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Happens in the original ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]'' ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' with the pirate ship in the middle of Teehee Valley.



* ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness'' has the S.S. Libra. In this case, you actually see how it got there in the beginning of the game. It was dropped there by Shadow Lugia. Unlike most of the examples, the Libra was dumped in the Eclo Wastes far more recently than most ships described by this trope, and aside from Cipher and Snagem interlopers, there's only one local on board. Cipher looted the Pokemon on the ship during their attack, and the human sailors were thrown overboard. Your visit to the Libra is the first time anyone could get a good glimpse of what happened to it.
* There's an infamous wreckage of a ship in the salty, dried-up lakebed known as Shimmering Flats in ''WorldOfWarcraft''. After much WildMassGuessing to its origins, the location is one of several obvious choices to be ''re''flooded in the new expansion.
* The party actually uses one of these as their main transportation in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', after using magic to get it back to sea. Strangely for a fantastic setting, its pretty clearly stated to be a receding coastline issue- they get it back to sea by using magic to "get the area to remember when there was ocean there".
* In ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'', a frozen ship is found on a mountain. [[spoiler:Aliens put it there. Sort of]].

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* ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness'' has the S.S. Libra.''Libra''. In this case, you actually see how it got there in the beginning of the game. It was dropped there by Shadow Lugia. Unlike most of the examples, the Libra ''Libra'' was dumped in the Eclo Wastes far more recently than most ships described by this trope, and aside from Cipher and Snagem interlopers, there's only one local on board. Cipher looted the Pokemon Pokémon on the ship during their attack, and the human sailors were thrown overboard. Your visit to the Libra ''Libra'' is the first time anyone could get a good glimpse of what happened to it.
* There's an infamous wreckage of a ship in the salty, dried-up lakebed known as Shimmering Flats in ''WorldOfWarcraft''.''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. After much WildMassGuessing to its origins, the location is one of several obvious choices to be ''re''flooded in the new expansion.
* The party actually uses one of these as their main transportation in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', after using magic to get it back to sea. Strangely for a fantastic setting, its pretty clearly stated to be a receding coastline issue- they issue--they get it back to sea by using magic to "get the area to remember when there was ocean there".
there."
* In ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'', a frozen ship is found on a mountain. [[spoiler:Aliens put it there. Sort of]].of.]]



* Early on in ''VideoGame/UnchartedDrakesFortune'', Drake and Sully stumble upon an abandoned Nazi U-Boat stuck miles upriver in the middle of the jungle. Sully's explanation that it floated up there then got stuck isn't ''entirely'' implausible but still quite unlikely[[note]]Which fits, because ''Uncharted'' runs on "plausible but unlikely"[[/note]].
--> '''Sully''': I don't know, Nate. Something about this seems kind of...hinky.\\
'''Nate''': Hinky. [[SarcasmMode You act like you've never seen a German U-Boat in the middle of the jungle before]].

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* Early on in ''VideoGame/UnchartedDrakesFortune'', Drake and Sully stumble upon an abandoned Nazi U-Boat stuck miles upriver in the middle of the jungle. Sully's explanation that it floated up there then got stuck isn't ''entirely'' implausible but still quite unlikely[[note]]Which unlikely.[[note]]Which fits, because ''Uncharted'' runs on "plausible but unlikely"[[/note]].
--> '''Sully''':
unlikely."[[/note]]
-->'''Sully:'''
I don't know, Nate. Something about this seems kind of... hinky.\\
'''Nate''': '''Nate:''' Hinky. [[SarcasmMode You act like you've never seen a German U-Boat in the middle of the jungle before]].
13th Jul '17 6:23:32 AM JackG
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* ''Presumed Dead'' by Australian author Rick Kennett, has his recurring character Cy De Gerch coming across a fleet of such ships on an alien world.
12th Jul '17 9:17:44 AM wolftickets1969
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* [[UrbanLegend According to legend]] this has happened in real life, if you believe the lost civilization types. There are supposed to be lost ships from Atlantis in the North African desert and in the Atlas Mountains, as well as a famous [[HornyVikings Viking longship]](!) in the deserts of the American southwest with skeletons still at the oars.

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* [[UrbanLegend According to legend]] this has happened in real life, if you believe the lost civilization types. There are supposed to be lost ships from Atlantis in the North African desert and in the Atlas Mountains, as well as a famous [[HornyVikings Viking longship]](!) in the deserts of the American southwest with [[SkeletonCrew skeletons still at the oars.oars]].


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* Many shipwrecks along Namibia's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skeleton_Coast Skeleton Coast]], such as the ''Eduard Bohlen'', are now a long distance from shore due to changes in the coastline over the years.
25th Jun '17 2:08:37 PM nombretomado
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* Appears in Louis Sachar's classic novel ''{{Holes}}''. No, it's not in the Sahara, and it's not a ship. It's a small two-person rowboat several miles from Camp Green Lake. It provides shade from the brutal sun, as well as some jars containing moldy peaches, which are later used to carry water. [[spoiler: It also contains Zero, who has run away from Camp Green Lake.]]

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* Appears in Louis Sachar's classic novel ''{{Holes}}''.''Literature/{{Holes}}''. No, it's not in the Sahara, and it's not a ship. It's a small two-person rowboat several miles from Camp Green Lake. It provides shade from the brutal sun, as well as some jars containing moldy peaches, which are later used to carry water. [[spoiler: It also contains Zero, who has run away from Camp Green Lake.]]
27th May '17 11:04:22 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "Planet of the Dead"]]: A red London bus in the middle of an endless desert. (It came through a wormhole.)
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E7ThePyramidAtTheEndOfTheWorld "The Pyramid at the End of the World"]]: Courtesy of the antagonists, a USAF bomber and a Russian submarine sitting undamaged on the ground outside the titular pyramid, in the middle of Central Asia.
* The opening credits of ''Series/FatherTed'' show a stranded ship, some way inland, ostensibly somewhere on Craggy Island, with no clue as to how it got there. The real ship, the ''MV Plassey'', was washed ashore on Inisheer (off the West Coast) after a bit of what locals call "soft weather" in 1960... Indeed, it has moved again once or twice over the decades, when storms are heavy enough.



* One of the most memorable images to come out of ''Series/DoctorWho'': a red London bus in the middle of an endless desert. (It came through a dimension door.)
* The opening credits of ''Series/FatherTed'' show a stranded ship, some way inland, ostensibly somewhere on Craggy Island, with no clue as to how it got there. The real ship, the ''MV Plassey'', was washed ashore on Inisheer (off the West Coast) after a bit of what locals call "soft weather" in 1960... Indeed, it has moved again once or twice over the decades, when storms are heavy enough.
29th Dec '16 7:08:50 AM Ion288
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* ''VideoGame/MadMax'' is absolutely littered with these. The first half of the game takes place on the dried up ocean floor of the coast of Australia. Where the water has gone is never explained.
24th Dec '16 11:49:31 AM Xtifr
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** There's also the remains of a ship somehow in a cave, early in ''BowsersInsideStory''.

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** There's also the remains of a ship somehow in a cave, early in ''BowsersInsideStory''.''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory''.
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