The stupidity of war: a bizarre Pacific rubbish dump
Million Dollar Point is a stunning testament to profligacy, waste and the madness of war.
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.
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.