The stupidity of war: a bizarre Pacific rubbish dump

MDRUM Million Dollar Point 12 debris wreck diver diving pacific oceanThe tangled debris of war

Million Dollar Point is a stunning testament to profligacy, waste and the madness of war.

MDRUM Million Dollar Point 4 tractors wreck diving pacific oceanTractors spent two days pushing the content of a US base into the sea

At the end of the Second World War, the US Navy in a fit of pique decided to dump millions of dollars of military equipment in the sea rather than give it to their allies or ship it back to America. They were furious that the British and French had refused to buy the vast haul of equipment from them at a knock down price of six cents in the dollar and rather than leave it for their allies on their soon to be disbanded Pacific base of Espiritu Santo in the island of Vanuatu they drove it all into the sea - everything from tractors to crates of Coke.

MDRUM Million Dollar Point 6 pacific ocean wreck divingThe heaps of equipment are stacked at depths down to 25m

MDRUM Million Dollar Point 8 tractors wreck diving pacific oceanSitting on the top are the tractors which pushed the lot into the sea

Millions of dollars of goods were destroyed over a period of two days, contaminating the sea with fuel, rubber, metal and Coca Cola.  And today divers can explore this bizarre rubbish dump and marvel at the greed and stupidity it represents.

MDRUM Million Dollar Point 17 cargo ship wreck pacific oceanA small island cargo ship , the Dedele, has been scuttled at the site

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