Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned (Ships and Boats)

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

(total photographs 8)

The S.S. Maheno, a Scottish built luxury passenger ship which served in WWI as a hospital ship was decommissioned in 1935. Whilst being towed to Osaka, Japan on 25th June 1935 a cyclone separated the tow line and she drifted, abandoned until she beached on the 9th July 1935 on the Fraser Island coast. She was used for bombing practice in WWII and her rusted remains are buried under the sand (approx 3.5 storeys are under the sand.) See post https://irenewaters19.com/2014/02/20/looking-up-looking-down-fraser-island-week-27/

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Boats become abandoned I imagine because they are no longer seaworthy, have become too much trouble to look after or their skipper has put them into a place that is just not worth the bother and expense of salvaging them. This is the case in the above abandoned boat in Bowen Qld above and on the Noosa river below.

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One recent famous case of the abandon ship being called was when the Pasha Bulker, a coal carrier, whilst waiting in open seas for permission to enter Newcastle Harbour for loading, ran aground on Nobby’s Beach (the main surfing beach in Newcastle) in a severe storm on the 8th June 2007.

Instructions were given to her, along with 56 other waiting ships, to put out to sea to escape the approaching storm. The Pasha Bulker disregarded the advice and beached at 9.51 am in horrendous weather. The Westpac rescue helicopter, at great risk, winched the 22 crew members to safety, abandoning ship.

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Fears were held that it would break up causing a huge pollution problem and the nation watched as the salvage operation took place. The first two attempts failed but on the third attempt on the 2nd July at high tide successful reflotation occurred to the great relief of all. It was eventually towed back to Japan on the 26th July 2007.


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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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14 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned (Ships and Boats)

  1. M. R. says:

    And all this is confirmation (if ever we needed it) that big business rules. If shipowners were forced by international maritime law to have NO single-skin ships, the environment would be better off than we can imagine. Thank you. [M.R. steps off soapbox …]


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