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An area (could be an abandoned harbor, a Lagrange point or the bottom of an ocean) which contains a number of craft (space, sea or otherwise) in varying states of disrepair. It might be just a few sunken ships lying near each other on the ocean floor, it might be a giant conglomeration of space derelicts rammed together in horrible ways over thousands of years. The crews of all these vessels long ago died or abandoned their ships... probably.

Of course, all sorts of important [[PlotCoupon plot-related things]] could be hidden in such a place - {{pirate}} [[PirateBooty gold]], the lost plans to a ForgottenSuperweapon, spare parts for the heroes' own badly damaged ship, an unexplainable DistressCall -- and there is no end to the possibilities of having mutant enemies or [[DurableDeathtrap ancient security systems]] that get between the heroes and their goal.

Between the idea of exploring tumbling derelicts crammed with ancient technology, apparently dead hulks suddenly coming to life, a hidden base made of ancient battleships linked together, the explorers running into weird indigenous creatures or the mutant cannibal descendants of the original crews, the kind of dread powers that can gather all these vessels together in the first place, and simply the whole idea of abandoned, empty derelicts, the DerelictGraveyard is ''insanely'' [[RuleOfCool cool]].

Compare: GhostShip. See Also: TheBermudaTriangle, SaharanShipwreck. If the vehicles are awaiting disposal and not just left there, you're DownInTheDumps.
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* Ape's Concert in the Rainbow Mist {{filler}} {{arc}} of ''Manga/OnePiece'', which was contained within that world's version of the Bermuda Triangle.
* The Autobots encounter one in the ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'' episode "Mystery of the Space Pirate Ship".
* The "shoal zones" in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' and its sequels are debris fields of wrecked space colonies, spaceships, mobile suits, etc.
* The episode "Magnetic Rose" of ''Anime/{{Memories}}'' takes place in one.
* The debris belt from ''Anime/GundamSEED'' qualifies. Arguably, the L4 colony cluster does too.
* ''Anime/TenchiUniverse'' has episode 18 where Yagami breaks down at the Sargaso, an area in space that is supposed to be where broken and/or abandoned spaceships ends up in, and discovers a derelict gigantic spaceship that is seemingly empty to everyone except Sasami who befriends a girl her age that no one else seems to be able to see. When Sasami disappears and they go into the derelict ship, they find glimpses of Sasami playing with an outline of a girl in light.
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* In one issue of ''ComicBook/{{Ramba}}'', the eponymous heroine goes scuba diving in a graveyard of sunken ships from a UsefulNotes/WorldwarTwo battle. She encounters villains attempting to retrieve a huge shipment of morphine that was on one of the supply ships.
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' comic adaptation "Those Left Behind," the crew searches one of these for a hidden stash of money, which [[spoiler:turns out to be a trap by Dobson and the Hands of Blue to get their hands on River]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' features a line of abandoned cargo ships docked on a dried-up river.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', the sharks all live in a sunken submarine surrounded by thousands of naval mines (whom according to Dory, are "balloons"). When Dory and Marlin escape, they trick one of the sharks into ramming into the ship's torpedo bay, sending a torpedo flying into one of the naval mines, causing them all to explode and therefore scaring away the sharks.
* In ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', the expedition finding one of these is the first sign of trouble: They were sunk by the Leviathan.
* At the beginning of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', Ariel and Flounder recover objects from a graveyard of sunken ships inhabited by a shark. Later, [[OneWingedAngel the now gigantic]] Ursula creates a whirlpool that exposes several of the damaged ships. Prince Eric boards one of them, and uses it to dispatch Ursula.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Alien}}'' contains a classic example of this trope. The ship is aptly referred to as a "derelict alien spacecraft" and the creatures they find on board are pretty much a perfect example of the sort of horror this trope anticipates.
* The crew of the ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' fly through one of these on their way to and from the planet Miranda, except that many of the ships are functional and inhabited by Reavers, who don't pay much attention to their ship after they disguised it to resemble one of theirs. All the while the ''Serenity'' is picking up communications from the Reaver ships, a lot of screaming from all of the people trapped on board. Or the Reavers. They're not exactly the sanest bunch.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'': In the first film they have to pass over a ship graveyard to get to the island, and in the third the meeting of the Pirate Lords takes place in the town of Shipwreck, within Shipwreck Cove, on Shipwreck Isle... "You know, for all that pirates are clever clogs, we are a terribly unimaginative lot when it comes to naming things."
* ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' featured an airplane graveyard during Jetfire's introductory scene.
* The film ''Film/RealSteel'' features one. Charlie and Max break into a robot junkyard to find parts to build a new robot boxer. After a near-death experience, Max discovers the film's robot protagonist, Atom, buried in the mud.
* In the opening scene of ''Film/DeepRising'', before we switch to the main plot the creatures are seen travelling through a deep sea ship graveyard, some of them hundreds of years old, ''all of which they presumably attacked, ate all the people on it, and sank the ships afterwards''. There are even the remains of whale skeletons besides the derelict ships.
* ''Film/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'' has one on the moon's surface, of all places, filled with ships from the Age of Sail.
* In ''Film/PacificRim'' a [[HumongousMecha Jaeger]] graveyard known as Oblivion Bay is mentioned [[AllThereInTheManual in the background material]] as a place where heavily damaged or destroyed Jaegers are stored as memorials, located in the place where the first {{Kaiju}} attacked. [[spoiler: Gipsy Danger is recovered from the graveyard and restored to functionality for the movie.]]
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* In the BackStory of Creator/DavidBrin's ''[[Literature/{{Uplift}} Startide Rising]]'', a Terran starship discovers a fleet of derelict [[{{Precursors}} Progenitor]] ships and unleashes a galaxies-wide holy war.
* ''Literature/JackRyan'':
** Old UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne transports that were left abandoned form the production headquarters for one group of drug dealers, in Creator/TomClancy's ''Without Remorse'', a {{prequel}} in the series set during the UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar.
** "Bronco", in ''Literature/ClearAndPresentDanger'', speculates that the [[http://www.amarcexperience.com/AMARCDescription.asp Boneyard]] in Arizona is where the a captured druggie [=DC-7B=] will eventually be dumped, given that one more old aircraft in storage there won't be particularly noteworthy.
* The ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' book ''The Bellmaker'' has a DerelictGraveyard of old wooden ships, which the heroes cannibalize for parts.
* The Nartec city in'' Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' #36 is built from wrecks recovered from the seabed.
* AndreNorton's novels contain several:
** ''Forerunner'': the desert north of Kuxortal holds a field of Forerunner spacecraft contaminated with radiation.
** ''Sargasso of Space'': a Forerunner installation on the planet Limbo had dragged many ships to their destruction over the eons.
** ''Web of the WitchWorld'': The harbor in Sippar.
** ''Uncharted Stars'': the ThievesGuild base at Waystar, mentioned in a number of other books, turns out to be a space station now surrounded by closely-packed derelicts apparently towed into place as a kind of camouflage.
* Sabriel, in ''Literature/{{Sabriel}}'', lands her Paperwing coincidentally in a ship's graveyard. But not any ship's graveyard: this one is not underwater, but underground, and enchanted heavily to protect it, because it is full of the burial ships of kings. As such, there's nothing harmful lurking in the ship grounds itself, but she does find a HumanPopsicle that needs rescuing while she's there.
* The ''[[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]]'' fleet in TimothyZahn's novel ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy Dark Force Rising]]'' is a lost fleet of warships that had blindly jumped into hyperspace years ago, after a hive virus drove the entire crew of each vessel insane. One of the main characters knew where it was and had been selling them off one at a time, and after the heroes saved him from Thrawn he decided to show them where the others were. But as it turned out, Thrawn already knew, and had taken all the remaining functional ships before setting a trap with the rest.
* In the ''Literature/DreamPark'' South Seas Treasure Game, some important items are found amid a collection of abandoned ships and planes, which the villainous [[spoiler: Fore sorcerors]] had summoned to New Guinea with their CargoCult magic.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'''s ''Dominion War'' series placed one of these in the Badlands.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' novel ''The Final Nexus'', dimension-traveling aliens created quarantine areas for any ships infected by a mysterious insanity, long long ago. No cure was ever found, and by Kirk's time the quarantine zones are filled with massive graveyards. (One ship vaguely resembles a Borg cube! Probably a coincidence.)
** The previous novel, ''Chain of Attack'', actually outclasses it, though--the derelicts there include lifeless ''planets'' throughout a huge sector of space.
* In the ''Literature/StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers'' series, we've got the Sargasso Sector, named for the Sargasso Sea on Earth. It's a junkyard of abandoned ships floating around a collection of black holes and quasars. The protagonists are assigned to clear a path through it to allow a convoy access - one of the series' more notable cases of SpaceIsAnOcean.
** Finally, to show how much ''Franchise/StarTrek'' likes this one, there's the Rashanar battle site in ''Literature/StarTrekATimeTo'', a collection of wrecked ships destroyed during the Dominion War.
* ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination'' by Creator/AlfredBester has [[MeaningfulName Gulliver Foyle]] encounter the Sargasso Asteroid, a body in the main asteroid belt built entirely from the hulks of abandonned spaceships.
* ''Literature/TheDivingUniverse'' novel ''Boneyards'' has the Boneyard, a massive derelict graveyard full of ancient spaceships.
* ''Literature/RailSea'' Has several bone yards of wrecked trains and carriages through out the end of the story.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Sargasso of Lost Starships'', the nebula.
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* In one episode of ''Series/SpaceCases'', the Christa comes across a graveyard of ships that had all their energy sapped by an entity that inhabits the region. The ship picks up echoing transmissions that confirm the entity has been at work for more than 100 years. the Christa narrowly avoids joining them.
** The Christa encounters several different starship graveyards in various episodes, including one which was the result of a battle between the Spung and another LivingShip like the Christa.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Wolf-359 (after the battle with the Borg) only looks like a derelict graveyard: it's really a bunch of very recently smashed ships, though Star Trek's ExpandedUniverse went on to have the site of the battle declared a memorial and maintained as a derelict graveyard. Ironically, the ship models from this scene were reused in the "Reunification" two-parter for another derelict graveyard which was being used as a source of Vulcan ship parts for the Romulan invasion.
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' had a graveyard full of abandoned High Guard ships, captured by the Nietzscheans after the war and left to sit there for 3 centuries until they could figure out how to deal with the AIs defending them. Though given they were effectively crewed by their AI, it may be more accurate to call is a POW camp than a graveyard. There were also a couple of episodes where they came across single abandoned ships from the same time, generally presumed to be haunted wrecks (including the Andromeda itself in the pilot)
* The ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Psirens" featured an asteroid belt full of wrecked spaceships; it was there because the titular creatures were causing the ships to crash.
* The ''Series/BabylonFive'' spinoff ''Crusade'' has an episode that features an UNDERGROUND derelict graveyard of spaceships. The Alien race on that planet had been luring other alien ships there for centuries, so they could kidnap the crews and perform medical experiments on them in hopes of finding a cure for a bio-engineered disease.
* The old, derelict graveyard where ghosts went to recharge in ''Series/TheGhostBusters''.
* Moonbase Alpha passes near one of these in an episode of ''Series/{{Space 1999}}''; it is infested with an EldritchAbomination.
* Several examples in ''Series/LifeAfterPeople''.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Doctor's Wife" the asteroid on which the Doctor lands contains a massive graveyard of [[SapientShip once-alive]] time machines known as [=TARDISes=] each of which has been devoured by the episode's MonsterOfTheWeek.
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* Happens quite a lot in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. The frequent [[TabletopGame/BattlefleetGothic space battles]] can end in stretches of spread-out wrecks, such as the one encountered in the ''Bloodquest'' graphic novel, or the example from ''TabletopGame/RogueTrader'' that's rumored to both move around and serve as the lair of a [[RecycledInSpace space]] [[KrakenAndLeviathan kraken]].
** Space Hulks are amalgamations of asteroids, spaceships, and other detritus that drift along [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace Warp currents]] to pop in and out of realspace. Even though they're often full of hitchhiking [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]], [[BugWar Genestealers]], or worse, the Imperium tries to search every Space Hulk it can for [[LostTechnology archeotech]]. It usually falls to the {{Space Marine}}s to carry out these missions, which led to a whole [[TabletopGame/SpaceHulk spin-off boardgame]].
** Rogue Trader seems to love this trope, as aside from the above mentioned Space Kraken lair, there are at least 4 other derelict graveyards known in canon. One is the site of a massive naval battle between two rival Rogue Traders, one is created by a Yu'Vaht space station that interferes with the warpdrive of any ships passing the system, dragging them out from the Warp and preventing them from leaving, and one is located on the surface of a planet with powerful electromagnetic storms that extend to low orbit and disable any ship that comes too close, causing it to crash down on the planet. The last one is the [[{{EldritchLocation}} Processional of the Damned]], which is the biggest and creepiest by far. A system consisting of a single black star (which may actually be an EldritchAbomination of some kind) surrounded by millions upon millions of wrecked vessels, some incredibly ancient and some recent (and according to legends, some from ships not even built yet), all drawn there from the Warp by some mysterious force. Though obviously a prime target for salvage operations, the Processional seems to slowly drain the sanity of those who enter it, to say nothing of countless pieces of space debris flying around, ships whose crews have been driven insane and corrupted by the dark force lurking at its heart, or the hollow men, seemingly empty armoured voidsuits that slowly dissassamble any ship they get their hands on down to its constituent parts. In short, it's not a nice place.
* The Lintha Family stronghold of Bluehaven in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''.
* Several locations in the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting qualify, including the ring of battered wrecks that encircle Monette's isle, and the kelp-mired vessels enmeshed in the domain of Saragoss.
* A graveyard of derelict ships trapped in a "dead zone" in space shows up in a couple of scenarios in ''TabletopGame/StarFleetBattles''.
* There are a number of these along the Spinward Marches in ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' left over from all the {{space battle}}s that took place their.
* Post-Jihad in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', the Republic of the Sphere keeps a graveyard of destroyed [[HumongousMecha BattleMechs]] on Earth, known as the Bone Yard. This treasure trove of technology is comprised of the machines of Republic warriors and Knights who were defeated in battle, some surviving the destruction of their 'Mech, but most not, and so most are more memorials than backup parts. Earlier in the series, there are references to 'Mech graveyards on planets like Kawich or Sian, the results of failed invasions or failed defenses, and a mention of the hulks of lost starships and fighters in various places in the Inner Sphere and Clans.

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* An entire level of ''[[VideoGame/{{Gradius}} Gradius Gaiden]]'' is made entirely of huge wrecked ships... all of which [[ContinuityNod were once bosses in previous games!]]
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games have a few:
** The Ship Graveyard in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''.
** A ''train'' graveyard in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
** Arrapago Reef in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI''.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' has the Ozmone Plain, which may ''appear'' to be a nice, pleasant grassland, but all around, you find the wrecks of crashed airships...
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' ''A Realm Reborn'', Mor Dhona is riddled with the remains of the Garlean flagship ''Agrius'', and its main wreck, along with Midgardsormr's corpse entwined around it, is known to locals as the "Keeper of the Lake".
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', [[spoiler:the final battle map is a "Graveyard of Airships".]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/StarTrekEliteForce Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force]]'', a space station made of the spaceships of various alien races makes an appearance.
** [[spoiler: Actually, pretty much the entire game takes place in one.]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' games had at least two boneyards-in-space, the Karos graveyard (light years wide and has many functional ships inside too) and the ancient ships in the garden of Kadesh.
* One of the first levels of ''VideoGame/{{Bloodrayne}}'' takes place in a ship graveyard in the middle of a Louisiana bayou.
* Several levels in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''.
* The entire ''rest of the universe'' in ''{{VideoGame/Deadnaut}}'' has ended up at this state in the time it took humanity to finally leave the solar system. Individual derelict ships are ripe for investigation by you and your crew of deadnauts.
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', the planet Rakata becomes a ship graveyard due to an ancient jamming field installed there to keep wandering ships away from [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon the Star Forge]].
** It also has Malachor Five in the second game, which is surrounded by the wrecks of Republic and Mandalorian warships after the Exile activated Revan's ace in the hole.
* The Ord Mantell Junkyard from ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Expanded Universe}}: Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire''. You jump from rail platform to rail platform, through what looks like a warehouse, a junkyard filled with derelict structures, thousands of ships smashed together, some sort of [[GrimyWater brown toxic stuff]] in the ground that kills you as soon as you fall from the wagons, and end up in a smelter. If you pay attention, you'll see an X-Wing, TIE Fighter, Sandcrawler, AT-AT, AT-ST, Corellian YT-1300 freighter, even a mostly-intact Star Destroyer.
* ''TotalAnnihilation'' has "Dump", a moon around the Core homeworld which has accumulated four thousand years of garbage. Said garbage is the remains of Core war units and is the only source of metal in that mission. Any battlefield will resemble this given enough time. Those wrecks really do pile up.
** ''VideoGame/SupremeCommander'' is similar, though most wrecks don't last all that long due to ever-busy engineers reclaiming them for mass. Most missions in the game, starting near the end and in just about always in ''Forged Alliance'', also start the player in the midst of a ruined base or city to provide ample resources to jump-start your economy/military.
* Haunted Ship in ''VideoGame/{{Sonic Rush|Series}} Adventure.''
** Along with Pirate Storm (though some of the ships are functional) in ''SonicAndTheSecretRings''. Overlap with GangplankGalleon.
* Lost Fleet in ''[[SpyroTheDragon Spyro 3]]'' is filled with sunken ships, but mostly landlocked...It's implied that these ships [[TheSkyIsAnOcean used to fly]], before [[TheMagicGoesAway the magic started to fade]].
* The Derelict Frigate of ''MetroidPrime''.
** And the ''GFS Valhalla'' in ''Metroid Prime 3''.
** Not to mention the Wrecked Ship section of ''Super {{Metroid}}''.
* Arguably the first three worlds of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry 2''. First there's a ship that's in mint condition except for a hole torn into the hull, then there's a ship that's been torn in half and is sitting in the middle of a swamp. And then there's the half-submerged ship in ''lava''...
** Gloomy Galleon from ''DonkeyKong64'' also had a large number of wrecked ships.
* You can discover one of these in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' for profit.
** There is also an entire region you can explore named the Dark Rift, (''Sargasso'' in the original Japanese release) which is probably a ShoutOut to the Bermuda Triangle and Sargasso Sea. The area is littered with scores of ruined ships, many you can loot, and one with a [[spoiler: survivor you can recruit]].
* ''VideoGame/EndlessOcean'' features one of these for its final bonus area. You can pet baby great white sharks there!
** ''VideoGame/EndlessOcean Blue World'' has the Ciceros Strait region, which hosts quite a few shipwrecks. [[DarkerAndEdgier Adult great white sharks will attack you there!]] (Well, at a couple of wrecks on the edges. And there are a couple of one-time dangerous shark encounters at wrecks closer to the middle.)
* An area aptly called "Ship Graveyard" in ''{{Notrium}}''.
* One could easily make the claim that ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has derelict graveyards of ''nuclear cars'' - a few stray shots can start a spectacular chain reaction. Meanwhile the town of Megaton is built from the hulls of planes salvaged from a nearby airbase, not to mention other assorted vehicles. Also, Rivet City is built on a beached aircraft carrier, which in turn houses many derelict planes. The ''Point Lookout'' DLC has numerous derelict boats, including a Chinese spy submarine that is part of one of the side quests.
* ''{{Freelancer}}'' plays a variation of this, where some [[TheAsteroidThicket asteroid fields]] are actually junk fields. This one is played totally straight, however, with a debris field littered with the remains of a battle between Rheinland and the Kusari-backed Gas Miners Guild.
** It also features a ''literal'' derelict graveyard in a nebula in the Omicron Alpha system, where Outcast ace pilots are buried along with their ships and their most prized possessions, those being some of the strongest weapons in the game, which the player can loot if they don't mind doing a bit of the old graverobbing.
** And the [[EldritchAbomination Nomads]] crawling about.
* Level 5 of ''VideoGame/RType Delta'' is an interdimensional derelict graveyard, containing random scrap and enemies from the first R-Type. While most of the derelict ships can't manouver anymore, they do have operational weapon systems.
* There was a 'starship graveyard' in ''Lylat Wars'' on the N64.
** The Black Hole in the original ''VideoGame/StarFox'' definitely qualifies.
* The 'main' quest of ''Age of Pirates 2: City of Abandoned Ships'' involves traveling to the eponymous conglomeration of derelict ships fastened together, forming a floating town. [[spoiler:Well not really.]]
* Sir Raleigh's level "Gunboat Graveyard" in ''VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus'', with the graveyard being deliberately created by Raleigh himself.
* ''VideoGame/EveOnline'' has a few of these. The City of God is a rather prominent one, formed from the remains of ancient city in space. Another more recent on is the remains of the battle of B-R5RB, a player battle that broke the record for biggest battle in MMO history. After the battle, wrecks of the 75 titans and various other capital ships were permanently added to that spot.
* The Spaceship Graveyard in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank.''
* The Ship Graveyard level in ''VideoGame/HydroThunder''.
* The Keyblade Graveyard in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''.
** [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Port Royal]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' featured Isla Del Muerte from the first movie and a second area filled with shipwrecks when Sora and co return to the world.
* ''VideoGame/FarCry2'' has the Train variety in multiple areas, and a multiplayer map. Also Saharan Shipwrecks of a sort if you follow the tracks into the desert.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has Korlus and [[spoiler: the far-side of the Omega-4 Relay]]. The former is a planet-sized landfill, the latter an AsteroidThicket made up of derelict ships [[spoiler: lacking the IFF transponder that tells the relay to send a ship through safely instead of shooting it. ''If'' you can get past the black hole flanking its exit point.]]
** The ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' DLC mission "Leviathan" ends on an ocean planet dotted with spaceships knocked out of the air by Leviathan's last line of defense.
** ''3'' also has the wrecks of a huge number of space stations, including the shredded remnants of the geth megaproject that the quarians destroyed. Some of them, like Pinnacle and Arcturus, provide unique war assets or intel packages; others are just destroyed fuel depots that let you refuel.
* The Sirius star system in ''Sol-Feace'' has several ship components -- including a large sheet of fuselage -- that come careening towards the player's starship, all of which can be shot back and redirected with opposing fire.
* ''[[PrehistoricIsle Prehistoric Isle in 1930]]'' features this in the second part of the underwater level, showing all the ships that have gone missing in the Bermuda Triangle.
* Seventh story mission in ''VideoGame/JawsUnleashed'' has you chasing some divers into a lagoon filled with partially and completely sunken ships.
* ''VideoGame/StarfleetAdventures'', a ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]]''-based [[GameMod fan conversion]] for ''[[VideoGame/EscapeVelocity EV Nova]]'', has one of these in the system Surplus Depot [=Z15=].
* In the ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'', the sector President's End has about a dozen burned out capital ships and space stations floating around, leftovers from a Kha'ak attack in ''X2: The Threat''. Many other sectors have smaller graveyards.
** The aptly-named zone, Wrecksville, in ''Videogame/XRebirth'', is full of shattered capital ship hulls, mostly Balor missile frigates and Taranis destroyers. It's never stated where all the ships came from, though it's likely from the [[MegaCorp Plutarch Mining Corporation]] [[OneNationUnderCopyright overthrowing]] the Argon Federation remnant in the system.
* In ''VideoGame/Uncharted3DrakesDeception'', Drake is kidnapped by pirates and has to fight through a graveyard that the pirates have made their base.
* [[VideoGame/SpongeBobSquarePantsBattleForBikiniBottom SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom]] has The Flying Dutchman's Graveyard, which is full of broken ship parts.
* Tau Volantis in Dead Space 3 has the remains of the SCAF flotilla sent there, including 4 intact ships.
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* In ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'', [[http://www.rhjunior.com/QQSR/00006.html the pirates are going for the old "Sargasso of space" trick, which would produce this in due course.]]
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "The Time Trap" featured one of these.
* The "Other Railway" from ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', which is for some reason full of rusted and decaying steam locomotive parts.
* An episode of the original ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' featured one.
* The classic ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'' cartoon ''Goonland'' has the shore of Goon Island littered with derelict ships - Popeye has to ram his way through to dock.
* One episode of ''Franchise/GIJoe'' had one. [[ArtisticLicensePhysics They had to rig up a sail on the aircraft carrier to get out.]]
* The Bermuda Tetrahedron in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', also including the first Planet Express ship.
* Ben10: While visiting Cape Canaveral, the Tennysons happen upon a "Ship's Graveyard" for NASA's old projects (while fighting aliens that resemble your conventional movie monsters). Note that there ''is'' such a spacecraft cemetery in RealLife but it is not, as the show suggests, in ''NASA's backyard''.
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[[folder: Real Life ]]
* As well as numerous fictional depictions as a DerelictGraveyard, the BermudaTriangle and in particular the Sargasso Sea have real-world reputations for being perilous areas littered with the wrecks of ages.
** Although apparently the only reason the Bermuda Triangle accumulates shipwrecks is because so many shipping lanes pass through it. Statistically, it's actually safer than the rest of the ocean.
** Subverted with quiet, methodical, bludgeoning research by [[https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Bermuda_Triangle#Larry_Kusche Larry Kusche in ''The Bermuda Triangle Mystery: Solved'']] where he discovers that while there are genuine mysteries most disappearances either happened well outside the Bermuda Triangle, occurred during a time of bad weather, the start of the search was delayed, had a number of plausible explanations, wreckage was found, the vessel never existed and/or it was reported missing but eventually got home safely!
* Large concentrations of sunken ships can occur in Real Life. Naval battles are one reason (such as "Ironbottom Sound" off Guadalcanal, rumored to be lined with the hulks of so many sunken ships a magnetic compass is useless), mass scuttlings another, such as when the German High Seas Fleet was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gutter_Sound scuttled at Scapa Flow]] at the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.
* The area off Cape Hatteras in North Carolina is referred to as "The Graveyard of the Atlantic" with good reason, having a remarkably high shipwreck density; partially because of the ever-shifting sandbank known as Diamond Shoals, and partially because of German U-boats during two World Wars.
** Also the hurricanes and other storms which regularly sweep through the area.
** Bikini Atoll was the site of [[https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Operation_Crossroads several atomic bomb tests]] involving a "fleet" of derelict ships, many of which now lie in shallow waters on the bottom.
* Collections of semi-functional machines are maintained for all sorts of reasons, such as the US Military's "[[http://www.amarcexperience.com/AMARCDescription.asp Boneyard]]".
** Or the Mothball Fleet at Suisun Bay, California.
** Tooele Army Depot in Utah was the land-based version of this for the U.S. Army for many years, hosting derelict tanks and other combat equipment. It's since been realigned as an ammunition depot.
* The China Lake Naval Air testing facility was like this for decades. Starting in WWII, it was used to develop weapons, and obsolete vehicles were brought in to be used as testing targets. Over decades of testing quite a number of airplanes, tanks, and jeeps were simply left in the surrounding dessert because they became obsolete even for use as targets. However after a while people realized that many of the derelicts there ad weathered the ages extremely well, and that many were among the last of their kinds and thus hauled off to museums.
* Some Russian naval ports are a bit like this, with rusting subs and ships waiting for disposal. Word of advice - some of the subs may be radioactive.
* [[http://www.lostdestinations.com/deadpool.htm The Deadpool]] on Staten Island in New York.
* The river near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is littered with the half-sunken remains of ships contaminated by the 1986 disaster. One of these wrecks, the ''Skadovsk'', is featured as a stalker base in ''S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat''.
** The Zone of Alienation also has several land-based graveyards of highly contaminated vehicles.
** Many areas in the former Soviet Union contain plenty of abandoned vessels. This is not because of any kind of contamination - the previous owners just found it easier/cheaper to get rid of old and/or damaged ships by simply ''going away'', rather than paying for a proper decommissioning. Considering that law enforcement can be ''very'' lax in certain areas, and that nobody ever complains (the former Soviet Union is a ''big'' place - a few dumped ships are unlikely to mess anyone's backyard), it's hardly a wonder that ''many'' wreckages are still there today.
* Paracas, a bay in Ica, Peru has sunken ships in what's now a national reserve, they are wooden and much joy for children...
* Pearl Harbor has a small graveyard of sunken ships, the ''USS Arizona'' and ''Utah'', that have remained there since the Japanese attack on the harbor during World War II. there is also an LST from the West Loch Disaster and a pair of Japanese midget submarines, though one was buried as fill during the construction of a landside pier.
** The ''Arizona'' is an actual graveyard. 1,100 dead sailors still remain in the submerged wreck, and survivors are being buried there as well.
* There are several derelict boats along the sloughs of the Snohomish River near Everett, WA, including some that are [[SaharanShipwreck high and dry]].
* Dai Woodham's scrapyard, Barry Island, Wales. It was filled with hundreds of retired steam engines, several of which Dai Woodham and his family sold to the British steam preservation movement.
* Some parts of the Aral Sea, in Kazakhstan, have come to resemble a strange variant of this. Due to various climate factors, the sea has been shrinking, leaving vast areas that were once submerged now resembling a desert. As a result there are rusted ships that have been left stranded on the now dry land. The towns that were once ports have no more use for them, obviously, so there is little bother to move them.
* The Chittagong ship breaking yards in Bangladesh look the part, though most of the vessels there have been partially or largely dismantled, and new ones are added periodically. The ships are hauled up onto a broad shallow tidal mudflat and broken up by hand. The site is over two miles long, so there's [[http://goo.gl/maps/pBfD0 plenty to see.]]
* The Goodwin Sands, a sand bar off the south coast of the UK, boast one of the highest numbers of shipwrecks anywhere in the world; many of the wrecks have now broken up, but more than 2,000 ships have gone down there.
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