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Photographer:Capt. Jan Melchers [View profile]Title:DodoAdded:Jul 07, 2008
Photo Category: General cargo ships built 1970-1979 (Over 3000gt)
Ex.LENA T.-94,MUPO-93,CHRYSANTHEMUM-83 Scrapped Alang 2001
Gt. 7 845 Nt. 4 746 Deadw. 11 810t.
Build 1974 Shikoku Dockyard Co.Ltd Takamatsu (777)
M.General Cargo

Photo was taken on 22.04.1999 when she was leaving the French port of Bayonne (Southern Bay of Biscay) after a strong NW gale and there was a high NW swell.
My photo of CAMIRA (IMO 9118276) was taken at same place and date.

Best Regards,
Jan Melchers
Vessel Identification
Former name(s):
- Lena T (Until 1994 Jan)
- Mupo (Until 1993)
- Chrysanthemum (Until 1983)
Technical Data
Vessel type:General Cargo
Gross tonnage:7,817 tons
Summer DWT:11,810 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1974
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Phil English on Apr 24, 2014 12:43 (4 years ago)
"How come the photo was "Added: Jul 07, 2008" but the first comment is from 2004?"

Because there was a very serious site failure in 2008 and when it was restored, some original dates were lost.

lappino on Apr 24, 2014 12:10 (4 years ago)

Go Dodo, go! :)
Dеnis on Apr 24, 2014 12:04 (4 years ago)
How come the photo was "Added: Jul 07, 2008" but the first comment is from 2004?
IRION29 on Nov 09, 2013 23:56 (4 years ago)
As many people have "hit" this photo as there are in a small city
Malim Sahib on Nov 09, 2013 20:53 (4 years ago)
I wonder if any of those who insist this is a fake have actually been at sea in a heavy swell?
Personally I think this photo is authentic and is a very good one - well done Jan.
Captain Ted on Nov 04, 2012 06:15 (5 years ago)
That was more or less,,unfortunately last year they did away with a few thngs like the top 100 posters,,eve since Ihave no idea who is where.. same wth most popular,, seemingly gone
Ivan T. on Nov 04, 2012 04:10 (5 years ago)
This site should inevitably introduce the "MOST POPULAR EVER" page!
Dеnis on Jun 15, 2012 20:46 (6 years ago)
Over 56k hits but now this shot either no one remembers to find nor doesn't know about it at all.
jrico on Jan 03, 2011 22:53 (7 years ago)
if you guys want see a real photo go to joao viana's photos and search for the f/v joia da coroa
Demetre Chad on Jul 17, 2009 13:42 (8 years ago)
Cool Photo, where you on a boat when you took it?
Luko P. on Jul 16, 2008 08:55 (9 years ago)
Hello Captain,
Right person in right place at right time; great job.

Luko P.
Capt. Jan Melchers on Apr 12, 2008 11:04 (10 years ago)
MCAquaduct on Mar 24, 2008 04:33 (10 years ago)
you wouldn't be able to see the water droplets off the bow with the resolution of the photo. Water does stick to the bow, but because it is clear, you don't see it. the water is the same color as the backround behind it. Its like looking at a wet roadway or piece of steel. its not the usauall white of stired up water comming off the bow of a ship crashing down into a wave. the french person above has the same idea. i have been on a cruising yacht while travaling through 15ft seas, and the bow is completly coming out of the water. I called it, "Flying Lessons in a 65ft Yacht". I dont plan on trying it again any time soon.
RND1952 on Mar 08, 2008 14:04 (10 years ago)
S.S. Bencruachan bent her bow of Cape Town in not unsimilar circumstances a number of years ago.
Gilmar Siqueira Guilherme on Mar 07, 2008 22:35 (10 years ago)
Bruno Leonardo Pricoli on Mar 07, 2008 09:48 (10 years ago)
Wooow, surf on the ship 8-)
Jens on Mar 02, 2008 15:40 (10 years ago)
Just a big WOW!!!!
Guest on Feb 29, 2008 17:52 (10 years ago)
Until Capt Melchers comes up with some convincing comment to his picture, I shall continue to consider it to be a fake,
Mats on Feb 28, 2008 08:13 (10 years ago)
Only a person who has not been to sea could doubt this picture's authenticity. Water don't stick on to the hull when the vessel rises out of the water like that.

Another thing is that the vessel should obviously had on more ballast when venturing into those swells....

Best regards
Mats (formerly a cadet on HNoMS "Horten")
Julien IMBERT on Feb 26, 2008 21:30 (10 years ago)
On nous bassine pour une résolution miminum et la photo la plus populaire du site n'y est même pas à cette définition!
MAHMOUD SHD on Feb 26, 2008 18:21 (10 years ago)
really it one of the best i see
perfect shoot congratulationss
Morten on Feb 26, 2008 00:01 (10 years ago)
This is definitely not a photoshop! I am an avid photo shopper, and doing something as this would be almost impossible and it would seem utterly pointless to spend so much time on such a picture!

The ship is obviously in ballast, meaning that it probably had quite a bit of aft trim to begin with. All the heavy parts of the ship are at the aft (engine room and accomodation). I've seen small coasters do the same thing outside Salalah in Oman, I've seen it happen to large deep sea fishing vessels in huge swells in the Pacific and less than a two months ago, one of my friends caught the Northern Chaser do the exact same thing in the North Sea! That is despite the fact that an anchorhandler has a lot more weight at the front than a ship like this. And even though that was during quite a servere storm and AHTS ships have the streamlined'ness of a shoe box, there was absolutely no water dripping from the bow in that picture! It is water for the love of god! It is not going to stick onto there like cookie dough!
Unfortunately, my friend is still onboard the ship, but I'll see if I can get the picture from him when I see him.

Anyway, great photo!
Rambo on Jan 13, 2008 18:11 (10 years ago)
As I have stated before, if this was real it would certainly be a once in a lifetime event to capture infront of a camera.

But what I want to know is why hasn't Capt Jan Melchers not entered any description with the photograph? I mean, if you had a photo of this magnitude surely you would have some details to go with it and even reply to any of these comments. Seems odd to me.
tanker15 on Jan 13, 2008 13:50 (10 years ago)
Hi to all, if this was a shopped picture it would be a very difficult job to get all the shadowing right. I think it is a real shot and congratulations to the poster. :lol: 8-)
Luis G Herrera on Dec 28, 2007 02:36 (10 years ago)
IMO 7353456.
Scrapped in Alang, in 2001.
Jeff Thoreson on Oct 06, 2007 20:55 (10 years ago)
If you look at the stern 1/3rd of the ship, you will see that part of the hull is as dark as the bow that you claim is fake.
Nathan on Mar 03, 2008 16:59 (10 years ago)
Exellent photo! Amazing, well done.
Cody Williams on Aug 06, 2007 03:03 (10 years ago)
Wow, This pic is definitly not a photoshop moment

artiom on Aug 02, 2007 21:32 (10 years ago)
Last wave prior scrapping somewhere in Pakistan i guess.
Rambo on Jul 13, 2007 17:47 (10 years ago)
I dont see your logic Nlad. Why should there be water dripping from the bow? Because it would have been submerged prior to this photo being taken. Just like every other vessel on this site! Water drips off objects so seeing as this part of the vessel is submerged 99% of the time its not possible for the bow to be 'dry'.Unless this vessel is surfing!
Christian Bråthen on Jul 12, 2007 09:25 (10 years ago)
Why should there be any water dripping from the bow? Just returning from the North Sea sailing on a supply vessel and we had a good gail showing lots of vessels coming out of the water. Sometimes vessels come out of a wave in a nice way leaving almost no seaspray or anything. On this picture the ship is coming over a large swell in a slow motion, so why should there be any water dripping from the bow?
I have also sailed on big LNG's and seen larger vessels than Dodo do this.
I beleive it's a real picture.

Brgds Christian!
Dexter Sularte on Jul 08, 2007 04:22 (10 years ago)
This is amazing.
Uldis Mednevs on Jun 28, 2007 07:55 (11 years ago)
Not so bad.[d][i][b]Wow[/b][/i][/d]
Robert Udiljak on Jun 01, 2007 11:47 (11 years ago)
Amazing photo!
Rambo on May 29, 2007 11:36 (11 years ago)
Still doesnt explain why there isnt a single drip of water coming off the bow because seeing the waterline where it is, there obviously would be.
Andrew Lester on May 28, 2007 16:03 (11 years ago)
I have no doubt that this is an authentic photo. I don't see anything wrong with the bow. Take something metal that is painted with a rough, worn paint job. Get part of it wet. You will se the wet part appears darker. Also, the line of the darker, wet area makes sense if the swell was coming at the bow and then passing under the ship. You can see where the water got higher up the bow when they met, then as the swell got far enough back, the ship began to rise up on top of it. The reflections on the water all match the ship. Look closely and you can even see a faint reflection of the 2nd group derricks from the bow. Also, go to Youtube and do a search for ships in storms. They most certainly can bob around significantly. If this was a fast moving swell, the closing speed between the ship and swell could mean the swell could pass well under the ship before the bow has a chance to fall back down. In looking at it again, it appears the ship is still climbing the swell, so the bow has no reason to come back down yet.
I see nothing in this photo that looks fake. The photographer was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. It's also possible that this had happened several times just before this photo, so the photographer had a chance to get ready and capture one.
Rambo on May 28, 2007 13:52 (11 years ago)
Double post
Rambo on May 28, 2007 13:50 (11 years ago)
This looks to me like a 'photoshop moment'. Carefully look at the bow. Its clear to me that it has been added. Would the water make the bow colour so dark? surely it would be red like the rest of her. Also, like dauntless says its funny how it was captures at that particular moment. A ship simply cannot do that! It cant surf!
dauntless on May 28, 2007 10:14 (11 years ago)
I cannot believe you have all been duped by this obviously faked photo. So where is all the water dripping from the bows and how convenient this happened in front of the camera, a ship of that size wouldn't rear up out of the water on such a swell,another photoshop moment I reckon.
Aneirin on Feb 12, 2007 10:14 (11 years ago)
Great shot. Its amazing.

best regards
Guest on Jan 24, 2007 12:13 (11 years ago)
uauuu, impresionant !!

Valdas Ramanauskas on Dec 01, 2006 11:50 (11 years ago)
Exclusive photo!!!

BRGDS Valdas 8-)
Høgni Árting Danielsen on Sep 03, 2006 10:54 (11 years ago)
Superb Picture !!!
timur on Aug 03, 2006 11:12 (11 years ago)
it makes me remember the winter time at ionian sea while i was working on m/v şöhret which has the same dimensions with the game in that picture (maybe şöhret is a little bit smaller).i had such an experience like that and believe me that drove me mad.
pothkan on Aug 01, 2006 00:58 (11 years ago)
DODO general cargo Grt 7557 Net 5304 Dwt 11786, Built 1974, Maltese flag, Call sign 9HEX4, owned; Seabirds Management Inc., Piraeus. Could it be this ship?
Carew on Jul 26, 2006 15:30 (11 years ago)
I believe you. What i don't believe are all the other morons at this site that believe this is an actual photo instead of the photoshop job it clearly is. In fact, i can't believe there are this many morons on earth, let alone all at one website. How could a single wave do that to a boat? It couldn't, because the weight of the boat would keep it submerged. And how is it that there isn't any water coming off the bow of the ship. Odd, isn't it? You guys are hard to believe.
Gürkan Gergin on Jul 26, 2006 08:25 (11 years ago)
A unique moment, a great capture, a striking work! Heartly congratulations Captain!
Gürkan Gergin.
Bearsie on Jan 19, 2006 14:07 (12 years ago)
Awesome picture ! Looks to me like a rougly 6 000tdw freighter?
On the coasters I worked on in the North Sea and the Baltic in the 60's this condition was quite common in a Storm when running in Ballast.
Those were much smaller of course, 500 to a 1200 tdw.. and one of the main problems was less to worry about the stress on the Hull, but the Coffee Pot and the Engine revvying like crazy and then lugging down again, rather annoying and a source of worry ..

Greetings from Philly , USA
Bon Voyage, Bearsie.
peterg1 on Jan 10, 2006 12:55 (12 years ago)
You should have seen the sise of the next one.
Bill Jervis on Jan 09, 2006 18:36 (12 years ago)
My now retired Merchant Seaman feels this must be taken in the Pacific.

I am the photographer,5* photograph this is and lots of discussion in the Local Bar today.

Light Cargo, Misloaded .

I look forward to a final comment
Luc on Dec 30, 2005 16:36 (12 years ago)
It's very amazing
Fini Patrick Holsting on Nov 05, 2005 15:56 (12 years ago)
Wow, this picture is amazing..
Iñigo on Sep 26, 2005 18:27 (12 years ago)
Passing the Columbia River bar??
Manoel Augusto Marques Lima Filho on Sep 08, 2005 10:05 (12 years ago)
I agree everything what did you write about this shot, congratulations! And very best regards.
Manoel Filho
Lindsay Bremner on Aug 13, 2005 20:15 (12 years ago)
Brilliant,You don't see that every day.
Vasco on Aug 04, 2005 13:03 (12 years ago)
Amazing picture, Capt. Jan Melchers!
Bobby van de Velde on Jul 27, 2005 18:27 (12 years ago)
Outstanding! :-)
Glenn Towler on Jul 24, 2005 06:53 (12 years ago)
How lucky was you to be able to get that shot, you don't see shots of ships partily out of the water while underway very often.

Excellent job.
Jeff Thoreson on May 19, 2005 20:58 (13 years ago)
An outstanding photo, Captain. Thank you.
Kent Malo on Mar 04, 2007 15:33 (11 years ago)
Dodo was close to land in that photo, as you can see the pilot ladder still down and mountains in the background and installations in the lower right hand corner. I don't know if the derricks are suppose to be secured in this fashion, I have always seen them up against the king posts, or horizontally secured. I dont think we are morons, as the commenter above me put in less than sutle words, we remain skeptical, but refrain from calling the photo admitter a liar.
les leonard on Feb 18, 2005 05:12 (13 years ago)
what a great photo. i sailed for 20 years. i can honestly say i don't ever rembering the bow coming out of water like that.
Willem Kroon on Feb 06, 2005 20:07 (13 years ago)
This is realy one off the top maritime photo's.

Groeten Willem
Marc Piché on Feb 01, 2005 16:26 (13 years ago)
Capt Jan
Was it a freak wave or a swell? If it were a swell, then the captain would be risking the hull integrity of his ship due to the amount of stress imposed on it.
Nevertheless, it was a life time opportunity for you to be there at the right time and to immortalize the moment on film for you to share it with us. Also the ship is an interesting FREEDOM type.
Nice shot!

JoK on Jan 19, 2005 18:54 (13 years ago)
Amazing shot
Olof Petersson on Dec 23, 2004 12:12 (13 years ago)
Marvellous picture, I imagine there´s a really heavy pressure on the bow crossing that wave.
Rogério Cordeiro on Dec 17, 2004 16:37 (13 years ago)
Capt. Jans, congratulations, this photo is the best!! I love your photos, please do not stop with your good "shots" (pictures!) and don´t be disapointed if any "bad shiplover" rate low any photo that you add in this site, I know how is difficult to done these pictures "into the ocean" (sailing) and believe, me and my brazilians friends love your photos! Congratulations!!

Rogerio Cordeiro - Brasil
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