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Photographer:GRDN711 [View profile]Title:ST. CHRISTOPHERAdded:Mar 25, 2019
Captured:March 10, 2019IMO:UnavailableHits:837
Location:Ushuaia, Argentina
Photo Category: Wrecks & Relics
Abandoned since 1953, tug boat ST. CHRISTOPHER, lies in Ushuaia Harbor, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina on March 10, 2019. Built in 1944, this rescue tug is the former HMS Justice W-140 (until 1946) and US Navy BATR-20 (until 1947).

There is more information on this ship in Wikipedia under “HMS Justice (W-140)".
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GRDN711 on Mar 26, 2019 20:17 (3 months ago)
The ST. CHRISTOPHER is solidly aground on stony gravel at the shallow end of Ushuaia harbor. At low tide, you can almost walk out to the ship.

Someone is taking minimal care of this ship, at least to the extent of painting the superstructure. Ushuaia is the southern most city in Argentina, not that far from Cape Horn. Even in summer it can be cool and windy there which may have helped with preservation of the hull over the years.
Emmanuel.L on Mar 26, 2019 11:56 (3 months ago)
Is she fully floating or aground on some shoal or reef? The state of her wooden hull looks like she is about to fall apart and sink!
Pieter Inpyn on Mar 26, 2019 07:13 (3 months ago)
Because she is now a local attraction (in fact world famous) she is maintained. In the tug-magazine Lekko there was once an article that for instance the funnel is painted every x years. That is why she is still looking good.
Pica on Mar 26, 2019 07:03 (3 months ago)
Saw her in winter 1979 and I´ve the impression she looks better then ever... and resting in a very harsh climate.
quality shipbuilding of former days
Emmanuel.L on Mar 26, 2019 06:32 (3 months ago)
Though her wooden hull seems to be falling apart, her upperworks seems to be in much better condition, you expect to see rust everywhere, yet her paintwork is in a very good condition. Grass is sprouting on her decks and I expected her to be festooned in bird droppings.
I have seen worse conditions on vessels in less years of of being abandoned
Thanks for sharing
MJ Chow on Mar 26, 2019 06:10 (3 months ago)
Abandoned for more than 60 years, and still in this condition, is consider as "Not bad".
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