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A Shipwreck is the remains of a ship or any other naval vessel that has been wrecked and is either beached on land, floating dead in the water, or even sunken to the bottom of a body of water. There are many shipwrecks throughout the history of the Grand Theft Auto franchise, and some of them are the subjects of myths within the game. This page lists them all, in the order of appearance.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
In GTA Vice City, there are 3 shipwrecks. One of them is the wreck of a large Chartered Libertine Lines cargo ship, just off the north coast of North Point Mall. The ship is on the ocean floor and turned on its side. Close to this shipwreck is a large submarine ship. It appears to be looking over the shipwreck. Since the player is not able to swim nor dive, the player is unable to examine the shipwreck any closer. The shipwreck of another cargo ship (identical to the one off the coast of North Point Mall) can be found off the south coast of Docks. It is also on its side. These shipwrecks have been theorized to be interlinked with the Sea Monster and the Ghost Ships.
There is a badly wrecked Reefer under the bridge linking Prawn Island and Downtown Vice City. It's stern is partly submerged underwater and it is undrivable. It looks like the Reefer ran aground, and was just abandoned there. This Reefer is rumored to be used in the movie, Bite due to it's similarity with the Orca from Jaws.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
In GTA San Andreas, there are no confirmed shipwrecks known to exist. However, it is rumored the famous Titanic Wreck is located in the game off the coast of Las Venturas. The myth remains false as there is very little evidence for its existence and most photos have fallen to be in the category of MODs or photoshops.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
In Harwood, Portland, there is a small wooden fishing boat sitting on a dock. It looks very old and abandoned, with missing panels and splintering wood. It can be used as a stunt jump in the game.
Grand Theft Auto IV
In GTA IV, there is a shipwreck of a large cargo ship off the west coast of Acter Industrial Park in Alderney. The majority of its deck is above water. Its body and hull are completely intact, but the boat is listing to one side as if it hit a reef or shallow ground. The entire body of the boat is very rusty and weathered, hinting that the boat has been abandoned for a very long time. The boat is never mentioned at all within the game and no mission ever takes place near the boat.
Next to the cargo ship is the wreck of a smaller tugboat. It is equally old and dilapidated, and it is listing to one side.
3 more Tugboat wrecks can be found off the southern coast of Acter Industrial Park. They are all identical, and they all appear to have been abandoned for a long time, as they are old and weathered.
Grand Theft Auto VThe shipwreck of a very large container ship can be found underwater. The ship appears to be roughly cut in half so that its bow is resting upright, and its large stern section is laying on its side a few yards away. Various shipping containers can also be found strewn about the wreckage. The shipwreck has a very large debris field. Its name is not known, but the phrase "Safety First" is written in large letters on the main deck. It is located off the east coast of N.O.O.S.E. and the Palomino Highlands.
There is also a shipwreck of a Tug off the southwestern coast of Fort Zancudo. The Tug's name, which is "Olifantus," can be found inscribed on the side of its hull. Two other tug boat wrecks can be found on the northeastern (close to the Duster wreck) and southeastern coast (somewhat close to the location of the Underwater Hatch).
There is a decomposing side-wheeler paddle steamer within a natural harbor near the Palomino Highlands. Heavy armor and a health pack can be picked up at this location.
The wreck of a Submersible can be found off of the western coast of Pacific Bluffs.
A Nuclear submarine wreck can be found off the northeastern coast of Mount Gordo. The submarine appears to have exploded in the engine compartment since it is split into two pieces. Some of the hull pieces have split off, revealing the steel skeleton. There are also several missile pods at the back.
A large wrecked tanker ship can be found south of Elysian Island, in the Port of Los Santos, and a large container bed can be found underwater in a canal north of that area, near a bridge.
The wreck of a 3D Universe Reefer can be found on Vespucci Beach. It is badly rusted, covered in graffiti and is missing its cap. Graffers can sometimes be found spraying it.
Various other marine debris and machinery can be found strewn about the sea floor around the Port of Los Santos.
A large amount of sunken vehicles and other debris can be found underwater east of the Humane Labs and Research. Many of these vehicles are military-related, such as a Barracks flatbed truck and a Rhino tank. The close proximity of the vehicles to each other could imply that they were intentionally scuttled or dumped there, possibly because they were unwanted military surplus or simply broken-down vehicles from the Humane Labs. Besides these vehicles, various crates and metal scraps can be found in this location as well.