Abandoned Cargo Ship at Cheung Chau

Off the north eastern coast of Cheung Chau lies an abandoned cargo ship. The ship crashed onto the island in February after the cargo shifted and caused the ship to take in water. I had to visit this wreak before the ship is lifted and moved out.

The ship wreak strangely clashes well with the picturesque beach and harbour.

The hike from the mountain peak to the cargo ship involves walking through thick brush and windy trails.

The strange thing is that there seems to be someone living on the trail. I, along with other photographers searching for the ship, uncovered this makeshift home. The place seems abandoned now. Looks like the owner didn’t clean up before moving out.

At the end of the trail, you will see the ship. I was shocked to see how big the ship was. It is quite an amazing experience. You can actually hear the boat “groan” as the waves crash onto the exposed hull.

While the boat seems close enough to actually board, there is a coast guard boat guarding the vessel in case anybody actually tries to do it.

When I arrived at the wreak, there were already a lot of photographers already snapping away.

I have seen a lot of cargo ships during my stay in Hong Kong, but I have never seen one wreaked on the beach. I plan on coming back when the salvage crews try to raise the ship from the water!


Gower Shipwreck – Unknown Whiteford Sands

Towards the northern most extreme of Whiteford Sands sits the partially buried steel hull and boiler of an as yet unidentified wreck. Revealed only at low tide the entire outline of the hull can be discerned whilst the boiler is presumably still pretty much in situ. Both retain very interesting features such as the rivets on the rear of the firebox, and much like the wreck nearby at Whiteford Point the shifting sands periodically reveal and cover the remains. Continue reading “Gower Shipwreck – Unknown Whiteford Sands”

Fishing boat stuck on the barrier reef

Rarotonga is the capital of the Cook Islands, a lovely volcanic island surrounded by a pristine barrier reef.
The Cook Islands which consists of 15 islands in the sparkling Pacific Ocean. The islands hold fascination to scientists who study it’s volcanic origins. Rarotonga is a raised island cone with rainforest leading down to a barrier reef. Inhabited by Polynesians, it was a British protectorate from 1888 and eventually became a New Zealand dependency in 1901. In 1960’s The Cook Islands became a self governing state.

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Fellow blogger Tom Moran from Urban Ghosts inspired this post. His excellent article on ‘Ship Graveyards: Abandoned Ships, Boats and Shipyards‘ sent me on a quest to find some incredible photographs of shipwrecks around the world.

The United Nations estimates that there are more than 3 million shipwrecks on the ocean floor [Source: Wikipedia]. These once mighty vessels, both sunken and beached, are a haunting reminder that nothing lasts forever. These beautiful ships used to rule the seas they traveled. Now they serve as a window into our past.