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Abandoned

Photo of derelict boats tied up along the Bon Secour River in southern Alabama, USA.

Abandoned cabin cruiser sits in front of a derelict shrimp boat. Both have been abandoned for several years.

Along the Bon Secour River, which flows into Mobile Bay in southern Alabama, there is a large fleet of deserted shrimp boats. Some are huge, some rather small, but they all have been abandoned. Hurricanes or tropical storms have severly damaged most of them. Speculation is that they are too damaged to repair (repairs will cost more than the boat is worth). Other possible reasons are that the shrimp fishery is too depleted and competition too intense, the boats have paid for themselves and owners are no longer interested in the grueling work of shrimping, but then who knows.

Regardless, The Alabama Abandoned and Derelict Vessel Fund, established June 2018 and managed by the Secretary of the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency, is for payment of the seizure, removal, transportation, preservation, storage, advertisement, appraisal, and disposal of a derelict vessel. Effective June 1, 2018 Act 2018-179 relating to derelict and abandoned vessels, authorizes the removal of a vessel from the waters of Alabama under certain conditions by a law enforcement officer or a private property owner.  Previously, a property owner was responsible for legal fees, and litigation required to remove a derelict vessel from his dock. The costs were prohibitive.

Cracked and peeling paint, mold, and slime shows the typical condition of the abandoned fleet.

Beyond repair, a small, abandoned shrimp boat sits moored to a crumbling dock on the Bon Secour River.

A smaller derelict craft lists to one side, tied to a crumbling dock.

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2 thoughts on “Abandoned

  1. Sharon Harbaruk says:

    Very interesting subjects Jess along with the history of why they are there. I truly like that you use b/w which enhances the mood. The compensation of #2 with the registration number reminds one that it has a history and that it once “belonged” to someone. #3 .. It really has the sense of haunted abandonment…. right down to the tiny reflections in the water. Well done series!

    “Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” ~Elliot Erwitt~ Purple Passion

    On Wed, 21 Nov 2018 at 13:06, Day-To-Day Photography wrote:

    > pitchurman posted: ” Along the Bon Secour River, which flows into Mobile > Bay in southern Alabama, there is a large fleet of deserted shrimp boats. > Some are huge, some rather small, but they all have been abandoned. > Hurricanes or tropical storms have severly damaged most o” >

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