The Plassey Wreck, Inisheer

George Row

Derry, United Kingdom

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[abandoned, Aran Islands, Aran Islands, Atlantic, boat, coastal, Galway Bay, Hugin, Inis Oirr, Irish, nautical, panorama, Plassey, planet, postcard, rock, rocky beach, ruin, rusty, seashore, ship, Ted, throw pillows, tote bag, wreck, >500 >1,000 >2,000 >3,000 views, one feature]

  1. 7 th August 2014 View Count reached 3,000

The Raw source images for this HDR panorama were shot on a Canon EOS 5D with 16mm Zenitar Fisheye Lens. (Full production details in Method section below.)

This image is a 360° panorama taken on Inisheer (Inis Oirr in the local Irish language), the smallest of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

There are three related panoramas here:

    Another version         One shot on       One at O′Brien    
      of this one         seaward side       Fort nearby.  


This is part of my postcard range. You can follow on to another gorgeous Very Ireland Post card .


This wreck, which lies on the Eastern shoreline, is one of the island’s main tourist attractions. It is known as the “Plassey Wreck”.

The Plassey, was a cargo vesel, launched in 1940. It was renamed “Plassey” after being acquired by the Limerick Steamship Company in 1951.

On its final voyage the Plassey was sailing through Galway Bay carrying a cargo of whiskey, stained glass, and yarn. On 8th March 1960 it was caught in a severe storm and ran onto Finnis Rock, (about 1km offshore) Inisheer, Aran Islands.

The crew of 11 were safely taken off with the assistance of local islanders. Several weeks later a second storm washed the ship off the rock and drove it ashore on the island above the usual high tide line – where it has remained.

An article in the Irish Independent newspaper in 2010 commemorated the rescue of the crew by talking to two of those who had taken part.

The opening sequence of the TV comedy series “Father Ted” uses shots of Inisheer to portray “Craggy Island” starting with an aerial shot of the Plassy wreck.

History of This Image on RedBubble

  1. 7 th August 2014 View Count reached 3,000
  2. 2 nd June 2013 View Count reached 2,005
  3. 19 December 2011 it had been viewed 520 times.
  4. 11 March 2011 it had been viewed 105 times.
  5. 10 March 2011 it was featured in the Redbubble group “The World as we See it or Missed it”
  6. 27th November 2010 uploaded to RedBubble

This High Dynamic Range panorama was created by combining 27 separate photographs covering every angle and with bracketed exposures. Those source images were shot in Raw mode on a Canon EOS 5D with a 16mm Zenitar 42mm manual fish-eye lens mounted on the 5d via an EOS adapter. They were shot in groups of three bracketed exposures (from -2 stops to +2 stops).

The source images were then stitched and blended together using a program called Hugin, which in turn invoked a program called Enfuse to create the High Dynamic Range effect.

Because of the way that it was created this is a very high resolution image (the equivalent of about 30-megapixels). It′s capable of delivering very fine detail even when printed at massive sizes.

I have written a short journal entry introducing the method by which these panoramas are created, it is called:
“Creating a Stereographic Panorama – the Basic Idea”

I have other panoramas here from the Aran Islands and I have three collections here of stereographic panoramas like this one, they are panoramas of:

        Donegal           Derry
      The Aran Islands  

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