Thursday’s Special – Decay (Abandoned at Sea)

Having posted for Paula’s Black & White Sunday this week, I happened to notice that her Thursday Special this week is Decay….totally, utterly, completely up my street! So I am posting some black & white conversions (just because I felt in monochrome mood – I am aware this is meant to be a colour challenge!) of some photographs I took a few years ago (actually longer than I thought – 8 years ago).

I doubt I will ever get the chance to see these again, glad I went when I did. These are the Maunsell Forts, 7 miles off the North Kent Coast. I found a company that would take you out in a little rubber dinghy, terrifically choppy ride! We slowly meandered around on the water below these ruined, rusting structures, and I managed to get a few decent shots with my new DSLR at the time, a Nikon D70s with 18-200mm VR lens….The file sizes are quite small compared to what I get now, even with the little Olympus MFT.

So here are the 6 forts at Shivering Sands (I think). they would all have been linked by walkways in the past, but these have long since disappeared. It was really quite eerie being amidst these ruined relics. Like something out of The War of The Worlds….

Sentinels out in the sea

Sentinels out in the sea

in this shot you can see the remains of the walkways:

Rusting fortress

Rusting fortress

Plenty of rusting metal and broken glass:

Textures of Decay

Textures of Decay

Hop over to Paula’s blog here to see more.



  1. They look totally surreal. I love how you captured them – the camera does not matter – it is really powerful. Wonderfully fascinating subject! Thank you, Sue.

    • Sue

      The camera doesn’t matter to a degree, but I would like more resolution to play with cropping right in for detail….but hey, it is what it is

  2. Pingback: Thursday’s Special: DECAY | Lost in Translation

  3. I think you may have posted one of these before, utterly amazing, and your treatment of the images is so suitable. I love them all ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Yes, you posted the top one in colour. I actually prefer it in monochrome.

  5. Very special place full of atmosphere ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Emilio

    Didn’t I hear that black is a combination of all colors? Something like that. So you should be fine. These are magnificent!

    • Sue

      Many thanks, Emilio – glad you agree that these are great! By the way, I thought it was white was a combination of all colours (it reflects all colours of light) and black is darkness (absorbing all colours)……

  7. What a fantastic post!! I have never heard about the Maunsell Forts, do they still exist? I’ll jump over to your link right away, wow, such smashing photos, Sue! They all look superb in B&W.

  8. It reminds me of War of the Worlds!! Fantastic Sue!!

  9. The old forts suit B+W so well. And you were hardy indeed to brave 7 miles out in a dinghy. I am a poor sailor, so would never have got so close!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  10. Great shot Sue especially in B&W… they look like robots emerging from the sea to attack us….:)

  11. Interesting subject Sue!

  12. The first image looks like a still from a science fiction film!

  13. poppytump

    Can see exactly why you were attracted to these Sue !

  14. Wow! What a great place to capture some ‘abandoned……decay’ photos. Hubby recognised these forts immediately. I’d love to go out and see them for myself, even if it’s a very choppy ride. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your monochrome images.

  15. Paula will love you forever. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m singing the War of the Worlds music as I type. Absolutely super shots, Sue, and like Jude, I remember…

    • Sue

      Crikey, I wouldn’t know that music if it hit me in the ears….or would I? Anyway, glad you liked this, and I’m impressed that you are with Jude on remembering my photo! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. These really are bizarre objects, like something out of ‘War of the Worlds’. I read an article recently saying that there was a ‘plan’ to restore some of these and create a ‘hotel’. Wishful thinking or an intelligent plan? Hmm.

  17. Really love these – reckon we share a lot of pet likes, decay and ruins and texture, splendid!

  18. These are amazing. I’ve never heard of these before.

    Good shooting. I can see how it could inspire that eerie War of the Worlds feeling. The structures even have a cyberpunk look.

    This is really something!

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