In the past, Glasson Dock has been used for ship breaking (and building) occasionally, so it may well be that Merger meets her end where she now lies.
I visited primarily to try out an ND filter, but found that the tide didn’t rise high enough for me to get the pictures I’d envisioned, but at least it’s not too far away for a reshoot the next time a higher tide is forecast.
I know nothing of this little ship, other than it used to be a dredger based at Glasson Dock. Named ‘Merger’, internet pictures show it with an excavator positioned near the bow, presumably for clearing the channels of the Lune for the coastal shipping that uses this small Lancashire Port.
It looks like its service has now ended and the ship has been beached just to the west of the port, away from the quay used by the large coasters that are too big to enter the basin.
I don’t know how long she’s been beached, quite a while judging by the condition.
In 2007, I decided to create a website. I can’t remember why, but it must have seemed like a good idea at the time. I’ve never looked back.
To celebrate the first ten years, I’ve pulled together a book of some of my favourite images. Truth be told, I’d have liked to include a lot more as I’ve filled 192 pages, and any more than this starts getting too expensive. However, I’ve included photographs from the most popular places such as Pyestock, London Road Fire Station, Crossness, The Duke of Lancaster and as many mills as I thought prudent to do so.
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