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Pictured here is the remains of the cargo vessel known as the MV Irish Trader, which ran aground here at Baltray Beach, County Louth in 1974.

The vessel was a 344 ton cargo ship and when it ran aground was carrying 440 tons of fertilizer destined for the nearby large port town of Drogheda.

After it crashed, it was left here on Baltray Beach, and the past 40 years have reduced its considerable bulk to a shadow of its former self. What is visible in this shot is the entire thing, as the tide is almost completely out at this point, and only about a foot of water is lapping at the ruin.

Baltray Beach itself is a rather out of the way beach, not close to any major population areas, so quite desolate except for some dog walkers from the nearby small village of Baltray. The shipwreck here does bring a number of budding photographers, as low tide allows you to get close to the wreck for some shots, and with there not being many accessible wrecks around Ireland, its a somewhat unique subject.

For anyone who visits this place, my advice would be to time your visit in conjunction with low tide. I did not, and spent 3 hours waiting for the sea to recede so I could take this shot. Just as the tide was almost far enough out, clouds began to gather in front of the setting sun resulting in me wading out into the sea to get some other shots anyway. After waiting that length of time, wet legs seemed a small price to pay before that evenings major storm blew in!!

Thanks for looking.

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