Nature, Structure

The Shipwrecked Schooner Swiks, the brown, orange, and yellow rotting hull of a wooden ship, washed ashore after a storm on the island of Öland, Sweden.

The Shipwrecked Schooner Swiks

The Shipwrecked Schooner Swiks, the brown, orange, and yellow rotting hull of a wooden ship, washed ashore after a storm on the island of Öland, Sweden. The Magic Forrest is a wooded nature preserve on the north eastern end of Öland, Sweden. The place is graced by gnarled and twisted trees which have grown to the shape of the wind and the sea. The coastline itself is a rough terrain of rock and wood and a quick look at it would tell you that it isn’t a place to port. At midpoint in this stretch of rocky coastland wilderness, there sits the unfortunate but beautifully worn wreckage of an old wooden ship.

  • The Schipwrecked Schooner

The ship, a three masted schooner by the name of Swiks, hit bottom on the rocky shore on December 21st, 1926. The hull was washed ashore in 1954 and has rested there since. My visit to this shipwrecked vessel was brief, having two tired and hungry kids with me, but I managed to get some shots in. There were a few other cameras shooting and tourists touristing. I managed to get a score of good shots of the craft without much interference of others in frame.

This series of 20 images is the result of that roughly 15 minute pause on the shore as the waves crashed and the cameras clicked and the stomachs growled. Hunger demanded we head back to our car, so I had no further opportunity to explore the detailed facets of this beautiful object and scene.

  • About the Series

All images in the series were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S3 native camera app. I’ve post processed them in Snapseed and PS Touch. On a couple images I used Touch Retouch to remove a tourist or two that were impossible to remove with my feet.

  • More Details

You can find a bit more information in English (and some additional images) on the photographer Jesper Tønning’s website (his images are DSLR).

There is also a Wikipedia article on the shipwrecked schooner in Swedish. The geolocation is roughly 57.351494, 17.127748. I’ve including a Google map of its location below the series.

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