Sherry Icardi  

Garðar BA 64 by Sherry Icardi

September 2023 - Garðar BA 64

About the Image(s)

What's unique about the Gardar BA 64 Shipwreck is that it technically isn't a shipwreck. It just became too unsafe to use. The Gardar BA 64 sailed under different names for approximately 69 years. It withstood the trials of time and now serves as a Westfjords attraction. It started its life as a Whaling ship launched in same year as the Titanic sank. Finally retired in 1981.

In processing I realized it would be much better as a BNW so converted in Lightroom.

Taken with D750 and 24-120mm lens. On tripod
1/80 sec.
ISO 160

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7 comments posted

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Some additional History on the derelict called Garðar BA 64
A Rusting Ruin in Iceland
Garðar BA 64 is the oldest steel ship that is slowly showing the signs of rusting and sits elegantly on the shoreline at Patreksfjörður, Westfjords. The launch of this beautiful steel ship dates back to 1912, which is the same year as to when the titanic sank and met the final fate. Garðar BA 64, originally known as Globe IV, was successfully completed in Norway, by a Norwegian shipyard. Back then, it was used in the Icelandic waters for whaling. This Norwegian whaling vessel was used to break through the ice, it had a powerful steam engine along with the traditional sails, which made it a hulking hybrid.

The ship was sold to a numerous countries but in the end, it was handed over to an Icelandic owner in 1950. The ship came to Iceland after World War II and in 1963 and was renamed to Garðar BA 64. Soon the whaling restrictions exaggerated, which made it extremely difficult to survive. It was finally in 1981, it was declared that Garðar BA 64 is unsafe for further operations and services. From then onwards, this beautiful ship is standing there at the Icelandic coastline, making a perfect sight of attraction for tourists.   Posted: 09/15/2023 13:06:49

Barbara McDonald   Barbara McDonald
What a wonderful picture. It looks as if it is coming right toward me. Very nice.   Posted: 09/24/2023 10:05:26

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Isn't it great when we can combine our photography with some history. A very strong image that supports a great story and piece of Icelandic history. Your capture and viewpoint show this old vessel with ideal location and perspective. Conversion to B&W really suits the subject and location. Processing has enhanced the image and brought out good details such as the rivets in the hull plates. Congratulations on a great image Sherry.   Posted: 09/25/2023 02:56:13

Gary Jones   Gary Jones
A beautiful image of what was once an important vessel in the whaling industry and now an image with lots of history and many stories from its past. I like the info that it started when the Titanic sank and now survives as a relic on the sandy beach. I like the composition you've created with a full view of the ship and the ironic position of sailing onto the beach instead of toward the sea. I like the black and white treatment and it shows the rust, but in B&W it doesn't dominate the image.   Posted: 09/25/2023 08:41:09

Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
Sherry - This is very cool and I like what you did in the post. The image has history and meaning and a great shot.   Posted: 09/29/2023 14:49:15

Dhananjay Rao   Dhananjay Rao
Great image with such history. I love the choice of BnW. Beautiful composition and very nice details in the image. Loved it!   Posted: 09/29/2023 18:10:48

Peter Cheung   Peter Cheung
Great B&W image. The tone and the details are excellent. The ship is very well presented in b&w. Great capture.   Posted: 09/30/2023 12:30:06