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Bay of Wrecks - Angola
« on: February 03, 2009, 10:14:18 pm »
Guys, I thought I'd share this with you as it is something one does not see every day. It is not bike related but still an interresting sight. Kingsly Holgate calls it the "Bay of Wrecks" I dunno if there is an official name for the place, but it is a bay, just north of Luanda where about 20 to 25 ships were beached, when the Portuguese had to flee Angola about 30 odd years ago. Most of the ships have been stripped bare by the locals, but some looks like they are ready to weigh anchor and sail away. One gets a very earie feeling around this place.

It is said that the Angolans wanted to take over the ships. The Portuguese were not about to hand them over, but they also did not have enough fuel to get away, so they decided to beach them.

Here are just a few. Enjoy.


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Re: Bay of Wrecks - Angola
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2009, 10:16:20 pm »
very cool story and awesome pics. thanks for sharing
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Re: Bay of Wrecks - Angola
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2009, 10:20:27 pm »
Interesting pics thanks, if they were in SA would have been taken piece by piece and sold for scrap metal.
 

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Re: Bay of Wrecks - Angola
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2009, 11:17:43 pm »
...... if they were in SA would have been taken piece by piece and sold for scrap metal.

Thats exzcatly what they do at the ship "greveyards" in India and surounding countries. It literally looks like ants decendending on the beached vessels. They attach ropes and cable to the plates and then haul them onto the beach, either by hand or by using winches ... it is incredible to see how quickley they take a ship apart.
 

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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2009, 08:00:59 am »
Interesting story.  I just wonder why, if the original owners did not want to give the ships to the local government, did they not just scupper them offshore?  To sink your own ship on purpose would have been much more satisfying than leaving it on the beach for the strippers?
 

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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2009, 08:03:21 am »
Must be eerie to walk around on those old hulks.
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2009, 08:04:06 am »
Interesting story.  I just wonder why, if the original owners did not want to give the ships to the local government, did they not just scupper them offshore?  To sink your own ship on purpose would have been much more satisfying than leaving it on the beach for the strippers?

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Re: Bay of Wrecks - Angola
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2009, 08:06:23 am »
...... if they were in SA would have been taken piece by piece and sold for scrap metal.

Thats exzcatly what they do at the ship "greveyards" in India and surounding countries. It literally looks like ants decendending on the beached vessels. They attach ropes and cable to the plates and then haul them onto the beach, either by hand or by using winches ... it is incredible to see how quickley they take a ship apart.

And zero controls, the death toll in those yards is scary!!!
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Re: Bay of Wrecks - Angola
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2009, 10:40:50 am »
There is NO market for scrapmetal in this place. Scrap cars lie next to the road forever. The whole place is littered with them. Whatever could be used on these ships (Interiors) were removed but I noticed that the propellers are still there and there is even one (spare) hanging against the side of one of the ships. That is brass and worth way more than steel, but it is totally worthless to them ??? ???
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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2009, 11:10:35 am »
There is NO market for scrapmetal in this place. Scrap cars lie next to the road forever. The whole place is littered with them. Whatever could be used on these ships (Interiors) were removed but I noticed that the propellers are still there and there is even one (spare) hanging against the side of one of the ships. That is brass and worth way more than steel, but it is totally worthless to them ??? ???

Scrap cars in Luanda are becomming a huge issue - Guys import cars, and when something breaks there are no spares, so they leave the old one on the side of the road & import a new one.
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Re: Bay of Wrecks - Angola
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2009, 11:18:08 am »
Thanks for sharing
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« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2009, 03:04:49 pm »

Scrap cars in Luanda are becomming a huge issue - Guys import cars, and when something breaks there are no spares, so they leave the old one on the side of the road & import a new one.

Same with bicycles in Europe, there are piles of bikes lying on the sidewalks in Denmark for example.
 

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Re: Bay of Wrecks - Angola
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2009, 03:14:13 pm »
Awesome.
Would love to explore those ships.
Must be eerie.
 

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Re: Bay of Wrecks - Angola
« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2009, 03:36:06 pm »
Eerie indeed, to see these once monstrous tokens of industrial growth so totally wasted and decaying..
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Re: Bay of Wrecks - Angola
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2009, 06:12:28 pm »
We climbed onto one of them. The locals cut a hole in the side and there are steps going up to the deck. I was quite scary as the metal is rusted vrot and one expects it to give way at any moment.

Whenever I see old buildings and also these ships, one question always come to mind: "If it could talk, what stories would it tell?"


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Re: Bay of Wrecks - Angola
« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2009, 08:34:06 pm »
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Re: Bay of Wrecks - Angola
« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2009, 08:56:14 pm »
...... if they were in SA would have been taken piece by piece and sold for scrap metal.

Thats exzcatly what they do at the ship "greveyards" in India and surounding countries. It literally looks like ants decendending on the beached vessels. They attach ropes and cable to the plates and then haul them onto the beach, either by hand or by using winches ... it is incredible to see how quickley they take a ship apart.

And zero controls, the death toll in those yards is scary!!!

For sure Welsh, and as the one body gets mangauld by the falling plates or the cabling there is about ten standing in line to take he's place.... scary shit that!
 

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« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2009, 01:10:56 pm »
Thanks, cool pics. Would love to see more if you've got.
 

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Re: Bay of Wrecks - Angola
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2009, 07:44:21 pm »
Thanks, cool pics. Would love to see more if you've got.

With pleasure. Thanks for the Google Earth reference. Did not know how to do that. Some could not be reached as they lie against the cliffs and we could not find a way to the top.


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