Ships are gigantic metal objects that spend years, even decades, hauling people and cargo across the water. But, inevitably, there comes a day where a ship must be retired. But if it’s going to go out, at least it’s going to go out in style.

Crashing Waves, Crashing Ships


The ship in question is the MS Pride of Calais, also known as M/F Ostend Spirit, which largely spent its time carrying tourists across the English Channel. As such it’s huge, slow, and heavy, considering the abuse it had to take. But it was sold for scrap earlier this year, which left the scrapyard with a problem to solve. Namely, how they were going to get out of the water and into the hands of their scrapping teams.

The Simplest Solution Is The Best

That’s where this video starts. Normally ships are treated with a little more respect, especially since if something goes wrong, you’ll rip open the bottom and that’s generally no fun on a boat. But the scrap team doesn’t care; their entire job is to rip this thing apart and sell the metal for its market value. So, they simply popped the clutch, hit the gas (yes, we know it’s not a car, humor us), and aimed straight for an empty spot on the beach. To give you an idea of how dangerous this is, look at the people in the foreground of this shot:

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Chop Shop

The Pride of Calais is no longer with us, obviously; scrap teams work quickly and a huge ship like this is worth a fortune on the scrap metal market. But if it had to be retired, at least it went out in an amazing way. Well, at least until they get a bigger ship and use that to ram the beach at this scrapyard. But, hey, fame is fleeting.

Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.