As you travel the globe in search of adventure and experiences you’re not likely to forget, perhaps one of the most haunting locations that you can visit are the many isolated locations that lie in wait in many countries across this vast earth. There are many sites the around the world and if a little research is done, you will no doubt discover a plethora of images taken by many tourists of the most forlorn and isolated sites this planet has to offer.
For thrill-seekers, this is a very common trip to take, especially with rampant rumors about hauntings and spirits lounging around such places.
But perhaps even more unsettling than the places themselves, are the machines and/or rigs that are trapped within, in disuse. And these machines have been forgotten and left to rot, the last time they were in use, the world was not as it is today.
Such rigs have not only been deserted in mills, factories and other locations like, the middle of the sea, but many have also been forlorn and left to deteriorate in fields all over the world as well.
Read on and get a load of these rigs we’ve found for you. They currently are left behind, their former power forgotten, and the ghost images that follow show us but a glimpse of their former existence.
25 OIL RIG IN PORT-GENTIL, GABON, AFRICA
On the outermost portion of Africa to the West, we find Gabon just by the sea, almost seeming to reach out towards the North West, is the harbor city of Port-Gentil. The city is also referred to as Mandjii. It serves as the epicenter for Gabon's timber and petroleum businesses.
Therefore, this oil rig wasting away off the coast isn't a rare sight, as there are a few strewn about the water that borders the city.
This one in particular is slowly being consumed by rust and the elements in the temperate Atlantic Ocean. It has sat there abandoned and nonfunctional for many years and there it will sit for a long time.
24 STRANGE STRUCTURES IN BRITAIN'S MARINE REGION
These look like something out of the latest Star Wars picture, but we assure you that they are real. These structures were built in 1941 off the coast of Britain and were used in defense against Germany's air raids during the WW2. For a brief time, the towers were used by pirates as radio stations to broadcast their sinister messages.
The pirates left as well, finding other means to communicate with their ships, and there, the structures still lie.
Interestingly enough, the designer of these towers, Guy Maywell, named them Red Sands. Maybe he knew that they would one day turn to rust after all.
23 DESERTED OIL RIG IN SKELETON COAST NATIONAL PARK IN NAMIBIA, AFRICA
The Republic of Namibia is located in Southern Africa and it too lies and borders the Atlantic Ocean. But contrary to Port-Gentil, the area is primarily desert, as this epic photograph captures expertly.
A once functional oil rig lies in wait. What it waits for? We assume only its end in the not so distant future.
The difficult and dry climate are definitely doing their job in tandem and the location looks more like a backdrop for some post-apocalyptic film rather than a sight to see at the Skeleton Coast National Park. Just to think, at one time, the place was probably alive with oil workers, happy at finally finding oil.
22 THE BRENT OIL FIELD OFF THE SCOTTISH COAST
This location off the coast of Scotland, is probably one of the newer looking locations you'll see in this article, as it was still working up until recently. Although it was no longer a productive location, the local government has decided to decommission the site completely and work will begin in the 2020's to render it nonfunctional.
The site is rumored to be completely dry and many of the structures in the area are already abandoned.
People in the area will see if the work to clear these structures will be a definite thing, or if these structures will just sit there in the water for years and years to come.
21 OIL RIGS IN GALVESTON, TEXAS, USA
When you think of Texas, one of the first things to come to mind is most definitely oil. Texas has one of the largest supplies of oil on and under its beautiful landscape and for many years, oil companies have been drilling for the resource as if it were gold.
Many of the locations--like this one in Galveston--that were once very resourceful and plentiful when it came to oil supply have since dried out.
And what has become of the locations can be apparent in this photograph. In the distance, many of the rigs are still standing, but definitely nonoperational. The rig closest to the camera has been mostly swallowed up by the sea.
20 RUST ISLAND IN GLOUCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS
The beautiful city of Gloucester, situated on Cape Anne in Essex County, Massachusetts, is considered the North Shore of MA. By travelers, it is looked upon as being a great destination and many tourists have flocked to the area. Known for its fishing industry, many epic seafood restaurants have popped up on the island over the course of decades, and the city's rich, cultural history is also a definite draw.
A massive oil rig that had been left behind for quite some time actually washed ashore on Rust Island in Gloucester not too long ago.
The sight is definitely a glaring one, and it's always incredible to see something so large get moved by something as powerful as nature.
19 OIL WELL IN THE NIGER, DELTA
And of course as we've already seen, oil isn't just abundant in Texas, or even the Middle East, but it is also quite commonly found in Africa. In fact, oil is, and was, one of the continent's greatest natural resources and one of its top exports.
Over the course of many years, oil wells--typically much smaller structures than oil rigs--were set up in and around the Niger Delta in Nigeria, Africa, as well as many other locations.
But, these smaller structures, the wells, were set up by private companies and even families. They extracted the oil, used it and sold it for their own means, until the government put a stop to it, saying that the sites and the oil found beneath them were to be considered "national assets."
Now, many wells lie abandoned, much like this one here.
18 ABANDONED COAL SIFTING PLANT IN PENNSYLVANIA
When scouting locations for abandoned rigs such as the ones pictured here, you can stumble on some impeccable images just waiting to be captured. Well, on a trip to Pennsylvania, photographer AndrewJohn2011, snapped this incredible photo of an abandoned machine shop in a deserted mill.
The photo was taken at the perfect time.
Just look at the sun's rays as they shine through the cluttered room. The machines--once capable of turning out an incredible amount of product--now immobile and rotting away, yet another victim falling to father time.
17 ABANDONED MINING MACHINERY IN THE AUSTRALIAN BADLANDS
The Australian badlands (densely forested or densely sparse areas of a rural sort where wild animals run free and there is a limited human presence), are definitely abundant in the vast terrain that makes up the beautiful continent "Down Under".
Many have set off in search of adventure, setting across the badlands and camping here and there to marvel at what can really be considered nature--undisturbed and untarnished by human hands.
Although, there can be many things found within the deserted terrains that make up the areas, such as old mining and even farming equipment.
16 THE "BLUE MIRACLE" IN EAST GERMANY
This right here is the largest piece of abandoned farming machinery that anyone is likely to find anywhere in the world. It was called "The Blue Miracle," and for good reason, it seems, as it is miraculously massive and was painted a beautiful shade of blue before rust started to take hold.
It was constructed in the 1960s in Lauchhammer, about 30 miles north of Dresden, and at one time was considered to be the perfect tool in the coal mining industry in Germany.
However, since coal mining has been declared unsafe for the environment and has been for quite some time, the machine was rendered unnecessary and it now lies abandoned, but at the same time is a huge tourist attraction.
15 PALLAMANA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Pallamana is located in the area of Murray Bridge. It's considered a small place and isn't greatly known, but many travelers have been known to visit the small place. There are apparently some great and accommodating places to stay.
If you venture out, you'll probably stumble on some abandoned farming equipment such as the one pictured here.
It seems to have been many years since it was in use, but probably at one time, it was capable of shearing through many stems in order to collect the much-needed reaping during the harvest in Australia. However, now all that remains is this ghost-like and rusted image we see here.
14 ABANDONED WASTE DISPOSAL MACHINERY IN ST. PAUL'S CRAY, SOUTHEAST LONDON, UK
The area of St Paul's Cray within the Bromley borough in East London has fallen to a tad of decay over the years. And not only have the quality of the streets turned slightly to decay, just as the abandoned hunk of waste management machinery proves here, but its heritage and history have taken a hit as well.
However, the wonderful people of the area are trying to have the eyesore that is this piece of machinery removed from the neighborhood, the council hasn't budged despite saying that they would.
13 ABANDONED COAL MINE IN EAST COULEE, ALBERTA, CANADA
Powering machinery and vehicles with coal are definitely something of the past nowadays, and although we won't really support the use of coal as a source of fuel, as it's terrible for the environment, we can definitely respect the past and the history that built our great societies.
The past should never lay forgotten, as it shaped the world we now live in.
That's why this abandoned coal mine is now a respected National Historic site where many travelers have flocked to marvel at the once functional and productive site. For the Canadians in the area, looking back at how things were done is an important thing to pass on to future generations, and many from around the world have gone to lay their eyes on a piece of history.
12 ABANDONED FARMING RIG IN LAUGHTON, EAST SUSSEX, ENGLAND
The village of Laughton can be found in the Wealden district of East Sussex. If you are planning to visit the minuscule location, it is very quaint and has been nicely kept.
Accommodations can be found at the cozy Roebuck Inn and there are actual Roman remains nearby, so that's always a great thing to see when vacationing--for the history buffs that is.
But many abandoned pieces of farming machinery can also be located if you look deeply into the woods, much like this mammoth rig shown here.
11 DESERTED MACHINERY IN COSTA RICA
This rig was found in Tortuguero, Costa Rica and the photograph was snapped at some point in 2010 by travphotos.
South America is rich with history, and finding abandoned machines and/or vehicles is actually a quite common occurrence for travelers who flock to the many cities and countries south of the Equator.
As we make our way through this article, we can't help but wonder who must have left those machines there to rot and to fade away as life moves on around them.
10 ABANDONED LOGGING RIG IN FLORIDA
These images give the piece a cool vintage feel. And when talking about abandoned machinery, the more vintage the shot, the better. Nothing says lost to time like a black and white shot like this epic still by Artful Imagery.
This particularly beautiful and vintage-looking piece of logging equipment was actually located somewhere in the beautiful state of Florida.
There is indeed something that comes through the photo, despite its lack of color. That sense of power that this machine must have had, and the sense of sadness at its end ... its decay. Kind of reminds us of the cycle of life in general, doesn't it?
9 ABANDONED FACTORY IN BERLIN, GERMANY
The history and culture abundant in Berlin, Germany is definitely a pull for many travelers and tourists the world over. In fact, all of Germany is historically rich and the locations found in the country are enough to wow and inspire millions of people who have flocked to the country in search of adventure and a trip down the not-so-distant history of this world of ours.
This factory--known as the EISFABRIK-- was built in 1914 and was an ice factory. It was in working order until 1991 and was still functional despite some damage it suffered during WW2. The building now resides under the watchful eye of the Denkmalschutz (Cultural heritage management).
8 ABANDONED FACTORY IN PALMARIA, LIGURIA, ITALY
This wheel turns no more. In fact, it has been many long years since this machine worked at all, and the disarray of this particular room, in this abandoned Italian factory, shows us that it has been unused for quite a spell.
Palmaria is an island located in the Ligurian Sea. It is exceptionally small, measuring but 1.6 square kilometers. The surface can be walked in a mere few hours or less, depending on how quick your stride is. But located atop is an abandoned factory.
This beautiful shot was taken by photographer, Giorgio Verdiani, and it captures the solace and desecration that now surrounds this once powerful rig.
7 ABANDONED LOGGING RIG IN CHELAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON
For generations all over the world, logging has been a successful industry, supplying the cultures that benefit from it with pulp, paper, and firewood, among other products. The planting of trees for something other than a beautiful shade and the oxygen they give us has been a practice that has been in many societies since ancient times, and trees seem to be the most effective and abundant natural resource, save water of course.
And like anything else, the logging industry has evolved with every new age. In fact, the industry has indeed moved so quickly forward, that machines such as the one pictured here--from the forests of Chelan County Washington--have now passed into extinction ... hence it's utter abandonment.
6 A RIG NO LONGER IN USE IN EAST COULEE, ALBERTA, CANADA
When in a state of function, motors like this are definitely a wondrous sight. To watch something so huge and powerful at work before your very eyes is enough to make an individual feel quite small and even insignificant at times as well. Just gaze upon the size of those gears and rods.
The mammoth machine was capable of doing a lot of damage as well, should an accident have occurred.
Now, rendered a ghost by time, decay and abandonment, it is but a mere hunk of metal. But if you stare close enough, you can still sense the power it once may have had. In fact, if you look closely, you can still hear those turbines spinning at a maddening pace, but careful, don't get too close.