Come Hull Or High Water by David McMahon

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This historic vessel hasn’t seen high water for many years. This is the bow of the sternwheeler “Keno”, now on public display at Dawson City, in Canada’s gold rush region of the Yukon.

Not only can you see the rivets in this image, you can also see the narrow black Plimsoll line as well as the depth markers in Roman numerals.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F13, 1/250 sec, ISO 200, focal length 34mm.

Featured in ALRIGHT, WHAT IS IT? April 2011.



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  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 3 years ago

    Awesome!! I love your caption David!!

  • How very kind of you, Cee – thank you for your continuing generosity, and thank you for the favourite, too.

    – David McMahon

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you, JustArt. This town, Dawson City, has always fascinated me.

    – David McMahon

  • Judi Rustage
    Judi Rustageover 3 years ago

    Interesting capture and prose. Lovely to see it preserved. Inspired title too David :)

  • It is really well preserved, Judi, as is the S.S. Klondike in Whitehorse.

    – David McMahon

  • Lesliebc
    Lesliebcover 3 years ago

    It almost has a leather look to it.

  • This was the day after I met you at YVR airport, Leslie – arrived in Dawson just before 7pm. Dumped my bag in the hotel and walked straight out with my cameras!

    – David McMahon

  • Ranald
    Ranaldover 3 years ago

    What an abstract! Looks like a piece of modern architecture as well.

  • Glad you like it, Ranald. The second thought never occurred to me, but now that you mention it ….

    – David McMahon

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 3 years ago

    great find! well taken.david. lisa

  • Many thanks, Lisa. It was irresistible, especially against the dark wood of the platform on which it rests.

    – David McMahon

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandra Mooreover 3 years ago


  • Many thanks, Sandra. I wish I knew all the stories of this historic vessel.

    – David McMahon

  • elwyn crawford
    elwyn crawfordover 3 years ago

    Great pic and great title

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