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Admiral Von Tromp

By Nick_w      
Saltwick Bay embrasses everything I like in a location, a magical element, a sense of history and a story. The wreck has been photographed many, many times but rarely surrounded by water and in mono. This is my second mono offering of this subject, but in print I prefer this one.

History is another hobby of mine, and when I first visited Saltwick I was intrigued about its industrial heritage serving the chemical history in Teeside.

The wreck has its own story of the death of two crew members the following is an extract from the Whitby Lifeboat history: “Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain Robert Allen and the Bronze Medal awarded to Helmsman Richard Robinson for rescuing a survivor of the fishing vessel Admiral Van Tromp, which was wrecked after grounding on the Black Nab Rock in thick fog, an easterly wind, and a heavy breaking sea on 30 September 1976. When a survivor was seen on a rock Helmsman Robinson drove the D class lifeboat in at full speed, onto a ledge, and the man was grabbed just as a large sea broke over the rock and washed the boat back into the sea.”

Oh and yes I did get my feet wet, and clambered over the remains of the old harbour - now that was spooky! The shail kept falling from the cliff face, a flock of pigeons came out of the old shaft feeding the harbour just as I got close, and there was several large bits of the Von Tromp up against the cliff edge, no doubt placed there by the various high tides in the last 32 years.

The large version is definately worth a look.

Tags: Black and white Landscape and travel

Voters: twainey, lifesnapper, Barrynic and 137 more

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twainey 9 4 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 6:51PM
Superb mono...............Trev

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cheesey 12 2 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 6:58PM
Absolute cracker, nice work.
DOGSBODY 9 1.4k 30 England
5 Mar 2009 7:02PM
A superb mono conversion and great composition. Andy
Briwooly 12 452 5 England
5 Mar 2009 7:06PM
Excellent B&W conversion

NexusImages 11 1.8k 4 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 7:10PM
superb conversion. Was there myself last weekend.. vey atmospheric place which you have conveyed.
RRT 9 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 7:14PM
Excellent conversion, Love it. Regards Ray
Richsr 11 91 223 England
5 Mar 2009 7:25PM
Like your composition and the tones - well captured and converted.
Regards Richard.
very expressive!
Sezz 13 617 15 England
5 Mar 2009 7:29PM
Wow - strong mono Nick, really well done!

Sarah *
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
5 Mar 2009 7:29PM
Excellent mono Nick.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 7:43PM
Powerful and truly amazing. Thanks for this.
martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 7:58PM
An super conversion Nick, and like your narrative with it as well.

I've only been to Saltwick once, but there is a certain aura about the place.
Mewinty 10
5 Mar 2009 8:10PM
Fab shot, lovely tones. Melissa
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
5 Mar 2009 8:16PM
It's a winner Nick!

newy17 12 273 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 8:48PM
Beautiful Mono Nick,
Dramatic, well composed, and seems to work really well in black and white.

Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
5 Mar 2009 9:06PM
Thanks everyone, I printed this on a cotton based fine art paper and it looks amazing.
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 10:00PM
Very dramatic and beautiful. Wonderful monochrome tones.

ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 10:05PM
Looks good in mono. How do you get down to the bay?...where do you start from? In-laws live up at Brid and I've often thought about popping down here when visiting them

paulb20 Plus
11 12 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2009 9:49PM
This is a really top class conversion Nick.
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2009 9:41PM
You worked hard for this one, I think it deserves twqo clicks, one for the picture and one for the narrative.Smile
Jou©o 14 56 Finland
8 Mar 2009 11:10AM

Congrats on the PA!

StevenPrice 13 30 2 England
8 Mar 2009 1:08PM
superb well done on the award.

AlleyCatz 12 274 6 England
8 Mar 2009 1:40PM
I agree....a superb image Nick....Congrats on your PA award Smile


chris-p Plus
12 67 England
8 Mar 2009 2:08PM
Many congrats Nick....
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
8 Mar 2009 2:21PM
Thanks everyone, really really shocked to get the PA ..Thanks team Smile Smile
LesF 11 182 9
8 Mar 2009 2:23PM
Sorry I missed this earlier in the week Nick, stunner mate and deserves the PA and I think it could go one further yet.

Cheers for yesterday by the way.

chase 12 1.1k 246 England
8 Mar 2009 7:37PM
Well done Nick !!!
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
8 Mar 2009 7:40PM
Thanks Les & Janet. I'm really pleased as its one of my monos.
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2009 12:43PM
Congrats on the PA, they've chosen wellSmile
Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2009 9:02PM
Stunning mono. Congratulations on the PA award.

HowardA 11 231
10 Mar 2009 10:26PM
Your mono's are big and bold now Nick and you've become quite the master of Saltwick. I like the comp on this version. Congrats on the award too!

Ian-Munro 10 200 15 Wales
12 Mar 2009 11:14AM
Bang on.

martin.w 16 522 22 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2009 5:25PM
A bit slow on the uptake, but very well done Nick, this is beautifully done. Congrats on the PA too Smile
Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
12 Mar 2009 9:47PM
99 not out... well done on the PA too Smile
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
15 Mar 2009 11:24AM
Thank you everyone.

Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
31 Mar 2009 7:15AM
Thanks Jen
ladysue 9 14 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2009 3:32PM
beautiful picture and nice to have a story to go with it.
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
10 Apr 2009 4:07PM
Thanks Sue
davidbailie 14 457 7 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2009 6:46AM
Well framed shot !!

VintageRed 12 15 1 United Kingdom
16 May 2009 9:00AM
Good work indeed Nick.
classic shot..nice work.
AndrewR 11 1 3 Wales
1 Jul 2009 10:29PM
Fantastic work, Lovely mono, very impressive PF.

Andrew Smile
silverfoxey 9 17 2 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2016 8:32AM
Must have missed this great captured shot 2009 and excellent mono. The remains of the wreak and the history of it's fate is quite a story. Well worth getting your feet wet, and like the low shot angle to get the drama.
James Smile

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