Ship Wreck, Skeleton Coast National Park, Namibia (II)

DECEMBER 2006 – The engine block of the South West Seal, a 90-ton South African fishing vessel, that ran aground in June 1976 along the shoreline of the Skeleton Coast National Park in Namibia. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Here is another photo of the wreck of the South West Seal that can be found at Namibia’s Skeleton Coast National Park.

It shows a bizarre detail of the wreck, the remains of the engine block. The engine is apparently among the most solid parts of a ship. Even three decades on the beach could not destroy the steel completely. The cylinders are still well recognizable. Sure enough, at some point in time it will be gone, and the Atlantic Ocean will have won the battle against the steel construction, but it will be still a couple of years until that happens.

I like this photo because it is yet another shot that looks weirdly unreal. Without knowing what you’re looking at, you will need a moment to understand it. And even then the rusty metal with its dark brown and orange colors is an unusal piece of art.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time02-DEC-2006, 14:40
LocationSkeleton Coast National Park, Namibia
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/160 sec at f/8
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4992 x 3248 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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