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Ship Graveyard

Took a wonder down to the Ship's Graveyard in Purton on the weekend. There hadn't been a cloud in the sky all day but unfortunately they came out just in time for sunset, which meant it wasn't as spectacular as it could / should have been. I also got there slightly later than I would have liked, which meant the setup was rushed a tad, and I missed the sun before it dipped below the clouds. Worth another visit I think!


It's a really strange area, littered with tens of boats from different periods. This particular boat was beached around 1909 but there are some boats there that were beached as recently as the 60s. This is a wooden hulled boat, but there are a number of concrete hulled boats as well.


"Who could possibly have known, following the intentional beaching of a small fleet of semi-redundant timber lighters in the winter of 1909, to strengthen the nearby eroding canal bank, that the Purton Ships' Graveyard would eventually number some 81 vessels and in turn represent the largest collection of maritime artifacts on the foreshore of mainland Britain today."


Canon 60D, Canon 17-40mm f4L @19mm f8, ISO 200 1/15 with Lee Graduated Filters (0.9 and 0.6 stacked).

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Taken on February 27, 2012