First visit to Weld Road Beach, which is just beautiful with sweeping views back up the Taranaki Coast.

30sec @f/9, iso100
Sony a350 55mm
B&W x1000 10 stop filter

Found a bit of history of the wreck.
This rusted iron skeleton has been a local landmark for more than 100 years.

On the night of January 5th 1903 – dark and moonless by all reports – the Gairloch had just narrowly missed colliding with her sister ship, the Ngapuhi, when she ran aground on Timaru Reef. The captain and crew rowed to the New Plymouth breakwater.

The next day, a harbour board dredge helped to salvage personal effects from the Gairloch – particularly silverware, linen, upholstery and spirits. The harbourmaster assessed the wreck, which was extensively holed, as unsalvageable.

Here is another shot and different Point of View I took of the wreck recently


sea, rocks, landscape, waves, seascape, shipwreck, tide, taranaki, new zealand, dean mullin


  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinover 4 years ago

    Ah – I just asked for it and here it is!!
    I like this version better … just the warmer colours of the sun on that rust and how now the sea has these very distinct colour layers to give it great depth.

  • This one is at f9 Vik, and yes I think it’s a better image than the B&W

    the sun was fantastic as it set casting it’s glow across the rusting iron.
    I may pull the other image

    – Dean Mullin

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Magnificent capture Dean. Love the way you’ve framed this and the gentle tones. Don.

  • Thanks Don, this site has potential – just need to get it at the right tide

    – Dean Mullin

  • Gary Gurr
    Gary Gurrover 4 years ago

    I totally agree with Don, stunning capture Dean.

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersover 4 years ago

    Beautiful composition, and lovely use of light here Dean.

  • Thanks Ursula.
    hope you’re surviving ‘another’ cold snap :o)

    – Dean Mullin

  • vigor
    vigorover 4 years ago

    Really a great shot and comp. Great work ;>

  • Thanks Vigor – much appreciated

    – Dean Mullin

  • swaby
    swabyover 4 years ago

    Very beautiful!

  • Apparently it’s been there at least 30 years… a friend at work used to go there when she was a kid. Much changed she says. but just as beautiful :o)

    – Dean Mullin

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    wonderful image !!LIZ

  • Thank you very much liz for thinking that :o)

    – Dean Mullin

  • lallymac
    lallymacover 4 years ago

    As always – your work is beautiful.

  • Thanks So much Nicole :o) hope you’re well btw…

    – Dean Mullin

  • George Salazar
    George Salazarover 4 years ago

    wonderful composition

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 4 years ago

    Love the subject here…these wrecks are so striking – make you realize the power of the sea. Beautiful tones in the sky & water.

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