One of Lanzarote’s most iconic images is the run aground Telamon ship, a semi-sunken boat off the coast of Arrecife which for years was a tourist attraction but has now become a danger for those divers and adventurers looking for a photo. Will you get here in time to see it up close?

What is the run aground Telamon ship?

The Telamon was a Greek cargo ship which on 31st October 1981 broke down and run aground on the coast of Lanzarote.

It was carrying trunks from San-Pédro, Ivory Coast, to Thessalonika, Greece, but it didn’t even reach the Los Mármoles port (Arrecife).

It was a 139.60 metres long boat and had headed to the Canary Islands to refuel.

The vessel dates back to the 1950s and was originally named Temple Hall, however it changed owners several times along with its name, until the company Telamon Maritime took it over.

The boat could not be rescued and was abandoned. It was even lived in by squatters and visited by divers. It was a real tourist attraction.

However, it became unsafe, and people risked their lives to get a photo with the shipwreck to share on social media. So, in November 2021, after almost 40 years of being run aground, the Spanish Ministry of Defence decided to dismantle and remove the ship.



The Ministry of Defence and the Las Palmas Port Authority have authorised the removal of the Telamón ship.
The removal work is currently consisting of the dismantling and removal of parts of the ship.
The expected date for its complete removal is estimated to be several months, although a specific date for its complete removal has not been determined.

Barco encallado Telamon
Barco encallado Telamon
Barco encallado Telamon
Barco encallado Telamon
Barco encallado Telamon
Barco encallado Telamon
Barco encallado Telamon
Barco encallado Telamon

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