Magnesium Photos: Battleship Island

Magnesium Photos has some great images captured from the infamous abandoned island off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan known as “Battleship Island”. It’s official name, Hashima Island, was given to the place because of its close resemblance to an old Japanese battleship. Mitsubishi bought the island in 1890 and began the project, the aim of which was retrieving coal from undersea mines.As petroleum replaced coal in Japan in the 1960s, coal mines began shutting down all over the country, and Hashima’s mines were no exception. Mitsubishi officially announced the closing of the mine in 1974, and today it is empty and bare. Travel to Hashima was re-opened on April 22, 2009 after more than 20 years of closure.