James P Deans | Ships' Graveyard, Bowling

Ships' Graveyard, Bowling

July 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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I decided that I should get myself to Bowling harbour at low tide in order to photograph the wrecks there before they deteriorate even more. What has amazed me is that there are very few of the wrecks with a known identity. 

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The wrecks have been here for as long as I can remember, apparently they date from the mid 20th century when ship-building declined on the Clyde. 

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As the ships fall apart wrecks merge together. At one point it is difficult to known which bit of wood came from which vessel. 

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Some paint has lasted. 

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In the far corner of the harbour is the wreck of the "Selby River", an old coaster. Sadly, it's the only boat I can identify for sure. The tug might have been called the "Atlas", but there's not anyone on-line who seems sure and the wreck beyond that is the remains of an old Scottish "Zulu" type fishing boat of unknown name. 

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Much the same view as above with a better view of the wrecks behind the tug. 

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A closer view of the remains of the old Scottish "Zulu" type fishing boat. 

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The main front beam of the "Zulu". 

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Some beautiful curves - mainly just the ribs survive - with quite a few nails protruding. 

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Decay can be a beautiful thing.

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An old fishing boat. 

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The wreck of an old lifeboat. 

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Quite an unusual feature of Bowling harbour is the way in which stone "pyramids" have been built to house the bollards. I guess it was cheaper than building an entire quayside. 

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