A Haunting Beauty

Posted: 14th March 2017 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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I find myself drawn to very unusual things at times.  Things that people would typically pass by without a second thought harken me like a siren’s song.  These things cannot be ignored or overlooked.  I can stand there and study these things, usually trying desperately to think about the life they have led, and the things they have seen and done.  In today’s post we are going to take a close look at one such thing, an old forgotten wooden boat named “The Seeker”.

The Seeker - Abandoned Boat - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

The Seeker – Abandoned Boat – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

No one can possibly argue that this boat wasn’t last moored here.  No anchor is required, even in the most blustery conditions it is highly unlikely that “The Seeker” will break free of it’s mooring and head out to the open ocean.  So, how did it get here?  What was it’s life?  And why is it now sitting here in a farmers field completely forgotten and forlorn?

The Seeker - Abandoned Boat - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

The Seeker – Abandoned Boat – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

While we have no certain answer to any of these questions, there is one indelible fact that can be noted here.  That is, the beauty that is found in this weathered object and all the questions it creates.

The Seeker - Abandoned Boat - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

The Seeker – Abandoned Boat – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

At one time this boat had beautiful lines.  A classic design for a boat of this type, it looks like it fared it’s share of weather on the open waters that encircle Vancouver Island.  At some point, something failed and it’s life was cut short.

In some ways this scene serves as a metaphor of sorts for all of us as we age.  Time is one of the factors that cannot be changed, cannot be slowed down, and most certainly cannot be reversed.  Unless, of course, you have a DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future.  I understand those are difficult to come by.

What do you see when you find something like this?  Do you even stop and notice, or is this immediately regarded as a bit of refuse that warrants no attention?  Please do share your thoughts below, we’d love to know your impressions.




  1. avatar ehpem says:

    Hi Toads,

    I like these photos! The boat looks like it must have been a handsome vessel at one time. I wonder if it is the same one mentioned in the link below built in 1971 by James Yachts Ltd. in North Van with Candian Vessel registry number 346664. If so, then it was still listed as afloat in 2004 – hard to imagine this much decay in 13 years, but it happens to the best of us! Also, the Canadian Vessel Registry indicates the registration was suspended in 2003, so perhaps that is a more accurate indication of it’s end. http://bit.ly/2mpdwMK

    • Oh my gosh, what great information here ehpem!!!! 😀 I love it! Isn’t that interesting, that must be the same boat it sure resembles the description, doesn’t it? Thank you SO MUCH for popping by and sharing this with us all, I am sure everyone will enjoy knowing a little more of this storied boats life! Cheers, my friend!!

  2. avatar Edith Levy says:

    These are great Toad.

    • Thanks Edith, I’ve been looking so forward to sharing these shots with everyone and it’s terrific to see you pop by and share your thoughts! Thanks, my friend!

  3. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    What a beauty this is, and I can so identify with what you say here.
    I too am drawn to what many would think is some really strange “stuff,” but that’s just me, and always has been when I have a camera in my hand.

    I remember many years ago when my kids were young, I was on my way out with my camera one day, when my son asked, “Mom, are you going to take more pictures of dead flowers and broken homes?”

    Yup, that about sums it up!

    Again, I think this old boat is really beautiful, and how fortunate you were to find it!

    • Thanks ever so kindly, Lisa, that means a lot to us here! It sure is nice knowing that I am not crazy, or at least institutionally crazy! LOL I love your comments here today, thank you so much for taking the time to visit and to leave your thoughts that I am sure everyone will enjoy! Cheers, my friend! 😀

  4. avatar Andy Hooker says:

    The world is full of photo opportunities – and we all see a different world. I find it sad sometimes that so many people are blind to opportunities presented by objects like this. There is beauty in rusting weathered hulks like this.