When a ship comes to the end of its working life, it has to be torn apart, piece-by-piece, to be disposed of. By that point, though, little care needs to be taken in getting it ashore—so they're just intentionally run aground. This is what it looks like.
Actually, it's quite dramatic, and I wouldn't want to get in the way. If you're wondering, this is the the M/F Ostend Spirit—or the MS Pride of Calais to its friends—which spent many years passing back and forth across the English Channel. Now, she's being dismantled, scrapped and recycled. So long! [YouTube via Digg]