John 'Jack' Irwin and The Duke of Lancaster by Yampimon

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The Duke of Lancaster is a railway steamer passenger ship that operated in Europe from 1956 to 1979, and is currently beached near Mostyn Docks, on the River Dee, north-east Wales.
She was launched in 1956 by Harland and Wolff, who built the Titanic and HMS Belfast.
After serving as a Sealink passenger ferry, she was renamed the Fun Ship and used as a bar and flea market, but closed to the public in the mid-Eighties and has been rusting ever since.
More recently the hull of the Duke of Lancaster steamer has been used as a blank canvas for colourful graffiti by some of Europe’s most talented street artists. The artists have daubed eight images on the hull so far, with one work – Eduk the Diver by the Cream Soda Crew – stretching 60ft high and 45ft wide.

The Duke of Lancaster’s owners have welcomed the project, letting them gain access to the dock for days at a time to create the spray painted artwork.
The plan is to transform the ship into the largest open air art gallery in the UK.
This image shows one of the artworks and is a picture of the ship’s first captain, John ‘Jack’ Irwin. FUJI HS20

Metallic Junktion
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A Love of Boats


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  • owlspook
    owlspookover 1 year ago

    fantastic! and really cool that the owners of the rusting hulk are letting the artists use it! (smile)

  • Thanks owlie, I first saw this boat a good few years ago before it was painted up and put it on my list of things to photograph, it looked quite dignified quietly rusting away. It came as a bit of a surprise to see it in it’s present state!!

    – Yampimon

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 1 year ago

    Very cool capture Yampi!! :)

  • Thanks Keith

    – Yampimon

  • Irina Chuckowree
    Irina Chuckowreeover 1 year ago

    Great work!

    10th May 2013

  • Thank you very much for the double feature

    – Yampimon

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 1 year ago

    Congratulations on your Metallic Junktion DOUBLE Feature!! :)

  • Thanks again Keith, I’m really pleased to have got the double in Metallic Junktion, the standard is very high so to get two is praise indeed

    – Yampimon

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardover 1 year ago

    Congrats on your double feature!! Well done.

    Feature Page

  • Thank you very much for the double feature Sheryl

    – Yampimon

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...over 1 year ago

    Chosen for Individualism / Ambiance / Composition / & Thought.

  • Thanks for the Feature Larry

    – Yampimon

  • acespace
    acespaceover 1 year ago

    excellent capture :)

  • Thank you very much

    – Yampimon

  • lezvee
    lezvee10 months ago

    Oh dear! What a thing to do to this majestic old wreck. This is an excellent shot of yours but I feel so grieved to see the so called “art” covering it.

  • I agree entirely, this is one of the more ‘tasteful’ daubs, sadly I missed the opportunity to photograph it when you did.

    – Yampimon

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