Photographer's Note

Pictured here is the wreck of the MV Trader, a Hartlepool registered trading ship which ran aground in 1974.

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.

This is the third post I've made in recent weeks of this ship, as its a subject that I have wanted to photograph for a long time. When I set out to shoot here on this particular day, this was the kind of image I had in mind that I wanted to get that day, so when the tide eventually receded enough I was happy to have gotten what I set out for.

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, people on the beach are few and far between. Although you can see two people walking their dogs on the beach in the far distance.

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.

Thanks for looking!

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