Monday, 2 February 2015

Motueka Shipwreck

We found this wreck on the foreshore in Motueka just before sunset.  The Janie Seddon was built in Scotland in 1901.  She was credited with firing the first shots of World War II, a warning shot across the bow of the liner City of Delhi.  


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Sold as a fishing trawler in 1947 she was replaced by diesel powered ships which were more efficient than her coal powered engine.  She was later sold for scrap but the steel was so hard the company had difficulty trying to cut her up so she was eventually towed to the foreshore and beached in 1955.


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Now the Janie Seddon is home to a huge amount of seagulls who roost on the deck at night.  You can see them all lined up if you look close.


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They were flying in from far and wide as we stood and watched and were making a lot of noise as they greeted each other and jostled for the best position.




  

17 comments:

  1. The Janie Seddon has an interesting history. I am surprised the ship was just beached..I guess the gulls enjoy the ship for an easy perch.. The sky is looking pretty, great post. Have a happy week ahead!

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  2. Neat. Love that last shot...it's surreal.

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  3. The biggest bird house that I've ever seen. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  4. That is incredibly interesting! Great photos and amazing that it's there for all to still gaze upon!

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  5. It's taken on a whole new life as a giant birdhouse.

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  6. Very creative shore photography and the ship wreck!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  7. still has lots of life yet. but still its sad too.

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  8. What interesting history...

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  9. Never was too good in history, but enjoyed what you shared.

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  10. Cool story! Beautiful old wreck.

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  11. What fabulous shots of the wreck.

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  12. How interesting. I think it's neat to be able to see an old shipwreck like this and learn about it's history.

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  13. What a history! Now at least it serves as a resting place for the seagulls.

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