Supreme Nature 52 – Week 14

Bowling Harbour near Dumbarton, Scotland

Bowling Harbour near Dumbarton, Scotland

The hulls of long-abandoned boats, coated in seaweed and firmly rooted in the silt, litter the remnants of Bowling Harbour in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Left to be consumed, along with the crumbling piers and harbour wall, by the forces of the wind and the tide.

Once a site of shipbuilding. the harbour itself is no longer in use but the adjacent Bowling Basin (in the far background), separated from the tide by a high lock, is the end of Forth and Clyde canal and has undergone extensive regeneration in recent years. Numerous vessels are berthed there including canal barges, small yachts and cruisers. Now that the canal has been opened up again at Kirkintilloch it is possible to navigate it’s entire length.

Since the last time I was at Bowling Harbour, which was in December 2007, the adjacent wharf warehouse structures have been demolished, leaving only the rotting and crumbling pier.

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