Photographer's Note

Pictured here is the remains of a ship which ran aground on Baltray Beach in Co Louth in 1974.

The day I visited, I waited around 3 hours for the tide to go our far enough to get close, and as it was my third attempt at photographing it, I was determined to wait. Luckily the tide went out far enough in time, as within an hour of taking this, the light began to fade. I have rotated the picture 90 degrees as I thought it looks quite like a species of butterfly we have in Ireland known as the Tortoise shell.

Weighing 344 tons, the ship was carrying an additional 440 tons of fertilizer to the port town of Drogheda when she ran aground here on Baltray Beach in Co Louth.

40 years of harsh sea air and constant tidal movements have reduced the once mighty ship to a shadow of its former self, and it now sits on this rather lonely beach with not a friend in the world, bar the photographers who comes to capture her image.

Baltray beach itself is a fairly desolate location. Although only 8km from the large town of Drogheda, the village of Baltray is nothing more than a handful of houses, a single pub and a single shop. The lack of population in the area means that on a cold winters day like this day, people on the beach are few and far between. Although a desolate location, the shipwreck is popular with photographers and a google image search will show you many amazing pictures of this place.

To give an idea of tide, when the tide is fully in, the water laps at the vegetation and grass you can see on the far side of the beach. The blackish looking line on the beach is seaweed deposited there at full tide.

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