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Gardar - Grounded
27-JUL-2013 Dick Keely

Gardar - Grounded

Skįpadalur Valley, Patreksfjordur, Western Fjords, Iceland

Garšar BA 64 is thought to be the oldest steelship in Iceland, built in Norway as a whaling vessel approximately 100 years ago. Garšar was launched in Norway in 1912, the same year that the Titanic sank in the North Atlantic. It was named Globe IV and was equipped with both sails and a steam engine for use when the weather was still. It was specially reinforced to endure the harsh conditions of the Southern Ocean where it was used to hunt whales.
In December 1981 Garšar BA 64 was deemed unfit for duty, but instead of sinking it at sea, as was the custom in those days when ships went out of service, it was rammed ashore at Skįpadalur valley in Patreksfjöršur. Today Garšar patiently awaits its inevitable rusty fate sitting on the beach, in the sand, providing tourists with a spectacular scene and a perfect photo opportunity.
Reference: http://stuckiniceland.com/westfjords/a-rusty-fate-for-a-century-old-steel-giant/
See also: http://www.pbase.com/light_works/image/151715539


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Martin Lamoon15-Jun-2014 18:43
Great resting place for ships!
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woody3415-Jun-2014 03:45
Interesting information about this wreck.Great capture..the ship has become part of the landscape .V
laine14-Jun-2014 19:45
I imagine there will still be relics to see in 100 yrs from now...a fine shot.
pascal14-Jun-2014 14:54
Excellent catch.
Jeff Real14-Jun-2014 12:53
Such a great composition ~V~
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