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The wreck of the 1912 tug ‘Wyola’ which was scuttled in 1970. C. Y. O’Connor Beach just south of Fremantle WA Australia.

The 306–ton steam tug Wyola worked in the Port of Fremantle. It was built in South Shields, UK in 1912 and run ashore at Robb Jetty for dismantling and scrapping in 1970. The stern frame can still be seen protruding from the beach while the bottom of the hull lies buried in the sand. A timber barge buried in the sand just to the north and sometimes visible is said to have been used in the scrapping of Wyola.
Robb Jetty at C.Y. O’Connor was used for the unloading of cattle from the state’s north-west to the abbatoirs that operated between 1890s–1970s.

This spot also has a man on a horse statue submerged in the water some distance off the beach. The statue is of C. Y. O’Connor, whose story you can read here.

Nikon D300
18-70 Hoya ND400+CPL
F29, 30s.
ISO 100, -0.3EV


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  • Sharon Kavanagh
    Sharon Kavanaghover 2 years ago

    Oh wow, I luv this!!! Such gorgeous colours…

  • Thanks again Sharon for the great comment and the favourite.

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  • Neutro
    Neutroover 2 years ago

    Excellent work!!!

  • Thanks for your comment and the favourite Neutro.

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  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 2 years ago


  • It certainly is an interesting story. The original of this image has the statue in the background but i removed it for artistic purposes. Thanks very much for commenting and the favourite.

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  • Sharon Kavanagh
    Sharon Kavanaghover 2 years ago

  • Thanks very much Sharon, always appreciated.

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  • tom j deters
    tom j detersover 2 years ago

    Wow… don’t normally say this but, “Bad-Ass” :-)

  • Thanks so much for the great comment Tom, made me laugh.

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  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 2 years ago

    Nice exposure Victor..

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  • Dave Callaway
    Dave Callawayover 2 years ago

    Superb capture..stunning color..great story.. :-))

  • Thanks for the great comment and the favourite Dave.
    The story is an interesting one as many people believe o’connor took his own life because the water took so long to reach the goldfields that he thought he had failed. Supposedly this is not the case.

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  • peter  jackson
    peter jacksonover 2 years ago

    Top shot victor whats not to like about this one fantastic pic,

  • Mate its been a while. Hope you had a good christmas. Thanks for the great comment and the favourite.

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  • Stephen Horton
    Stephen Hortonover 2 years ago


  • Thanks for the compliment and the favourite Stephen.

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  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williamsover 2 years ago


  • Thanks for the comment and the favourite, Mark.

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