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October 6, 2008
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Sep 23, 2008, 12:09:58 PM
Ship Wreck by AdamsWife Ship Wreck by AdamsWife
Cheynes II Ship Wreck
I was so fortunate that the skipper of the whale watching boat I was on, decided to sail around the old whaling ship that is rusting away in Albany, Western Australia. I'm told you can buy in for $10, but you have to remove it :-)

Built in Smith's Dock, Middlesbrough England in 1947 and was named the Thorbryn.
In 1962 the vessel was sold to Whale Products Pty. Ltd and renamed the Looma II.
In 1963 the Looma II was sold to the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company where they renamed her the Cheynes II. It remained with the company up until its closure of the station in 1978.
In 1979 the Cheynes II was given to the Hobart Maritime Museum and in 1983 sold to Bob Barnett for an Antarctic Expedition.
The Cheynes II was repossessed in 1984 and sold to Des Cerray.
The Cheynes II now lies derelict at Quaranup, Albany Western Australia.
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
An old whale catcher, best place for her, though even better, would be to recycle the metal & other recyclable parts into something positive.

Came up against the Icelandic catcher vessels in 1979, onboard Rainbow Warrior 1.
AdamsWife Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
I certainly agree, although I was pretty pleased that it was there for me to photograph. I tried not to think of the pain it caused to those precious animals.

These days, Albany is a whale watching town and whenever the whales are seen to be in trouble, such as beaching themselves, the people come out in their hundreds to help get them back in the water. Sometimes it hasn't been possible, but the people stay near to comfort them.

I'm glad I didn't live near Albany in the days of whale killing.

Now we have to do everything we can to support the people who are trying to stop the Japanese and their dreadful killing sprees.
RomerTreece Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008
A slow death...almost seems fitting for this one...dont get me wrong, I love ships...but whalers I dont much care for. I think D.H. Lawrence said it best "They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains the hottest blood of all, and the wildest, the most urgent." Love the photo however :highfive:
AdamsWife Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008
I totally agree and in Albany where this boat lies, the whales have been safe for a great many years. Thank God they came to their senses in Australia. The whales are now much loved animals.
RomerTreece Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008
Oh indeed, Australia has done a fabulous job in whale conservation. They are such wonderful animals, I knew you felt the same being you mentioned you were on a whale sitting vessel when you took the shot of the dying whaler. That trip had to be pretty neat, did you all see any? Australia has such an amazing variety of wildlife, Id love to visit sometime and experience its grandeur. :nod:
AdamsWife Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008
Yes we saw about 12 whales, but our boat was so packed with tourists that you couldn't move freely around. The best action always seemed to be on the side of the boat that I wasn't on :laughing: I will show a few of the best after I've finished the shipwreck series.
RomerTreece Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
"whale sitting" haha what was I thinking... "sighting" lol sorry about that. Thta sounds so neat...the packed boat in sure could be a little irritating but being able to see them out in the open ocean had to be so neat. I look forward to seeing your shots.
AdamsWife Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
Coming up soon :-)
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008
See...THIS right here is the reason I don't go on boats :D they sink!

Nice work on this and the history is very interesting :nod: :+fav:
AdamsWife Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008
ha ha. I must say I don't like going out of sight of land.

It was great sailing around this boat, even if in the past it was used for a horrible purpose. Hope you enjoy the rest of the pictures I took as we sailed around it and will be coming to my gallery soon :-)
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