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.
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A beautiful set of photos…I really like the textures of the rust around the numerals on the side, and the first establishing shot is great for showing the considerable elegance of her lines, though a humble little ship.
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Thanks Iain! I spent far longer photographing it than I anticipated as it’s only a small ship, but it’s an interesting subject with much scope for different compositions. If the tide had been higher (or lower for that matter), I’d have been there even longer, trying different things!