This week, our travel-pic theme is X for Xerox – black-and-white reproductions of some pics we’ve taken around the world.
For Tuesday, it’s sunken ships in the harbour of Port Vila, Vanuatu.
Now, this is one of a number of wrecks that dot Iririki Island, the resort island in the middle of Port Vila – some of them tossed aside by Cyclone Pam, others with a more mundane history.
When Tropical Cyclone Pam lashed Vanuatu in March 2015, it devastated the island nation with winds of more than 250km/hr – and the capital Port Vila, didn’t escape.
Many vessels were simply tossed ashore in the harbour .. you spot them as you take a water-taxi from the cruise ship wharf into town.
There used to be even more, along the waterfront in front of the Nambawan Cafe – home of an excellent fresh grapefruit-and-orange drink, and of even more excellent excellent free wifi 🙂
But last time we were there (February 2016) many of the hulks had been removed, although some still remain – like the catamaran to the right of our picture.
The ferry wreck in the foreground, however, actually predates Cyclone Pam .
It was abandoned by an overseas investor who went bankrupt.
And like the dreams of the operator, this picture’s fading to grey.