Abandoned Kathryn Spirit Ship
By Rebecca Drew
HAUNTING images have revealed the rusting insides of an abandoned cargo ship which has been moored in a Canadian river for five years.
The series of photographs show the daunting scale of the 500-foot long ship that has long been forgotten. Control panels inside the vessel are caked in dust and graffiti has been sprayed on the walls on deck.
Other pictures show empty office spaces and sofas in break rooms that are scattered with books and files. One image shoes a ladder leading towards the upper decks.
The incredible shots were taken by photographer, Keven Lavoie (34) at the Saint Lawrence river, Beauharnois, Québec, Canada. To take the incredible shots, Keven used his Canon 6D camera.
“I saw on the local news that the boat was abandoned and I did not hesitate for a second to visit it and bring back incredible images of it,” said Keven.
“I was fascinated by the fact that such a large boat was left on the shore unattended.
“There was a motion detector in a corridor and every time I passed by, an alarm sounded outside for five minutes.
“What I like about this type of photography is the thrills and the risk of getting caught.
“It’s exciting to have unique pictures that capture the attention of people who would never dare to frequent these places.”
The Kathryn Spirit ship was built in 1967 and was used as a general cargo ship. In 2011, the ship was moored in the Saint Lawrence river with plans to be dismantled but still remains on the shore of the river today.
In 2013, pollutants were removed from the ship. The boat has since been classified as unsafe following a fire and cannot be towed away.
“People are always surprised that this kind of place exists,” added Keven.
“They are afraid of it and others are totally amazed by the beauty.”
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