Shipwreck viewed from a distance on the coast of the centre of Antalya
Last December, we posted about the heavy storms that hit the Turkish coast and displayed photographs of Çalış Beach and the damage the storms had caused. We had never seen Çalış so badly affected by storms and whenever the Fethiye area takes a bit of a hit, there are usually reports on the news about damage in Antalya (the Mediterranean coastline around Fethiye is much more sheltered.)
The December storm was no exception and we were told of a cargo ship, the Seabright, that had been dragged onto rocks while anchored because of the rough seas. 1 crew member jumped overboard and sadly lost his life.
When we visited Antalya in March, we were stopped in our tracks as we walked along the harbour. For whatever reason, we had assumed the ship had hit the rocks away from the centre and had likely been taken away by now. It was a shock to see it lying on its side, wedged onto the rock face, right in the centre of town.
Many of the tea gardens in the centre of Antalya are perched on the edge of the long cliff face that lines the shore. A couple of tea gardens sit directly above the wreck and customers were playing tavla (backgammon), eating, chatting and drinking as if the huge hulk wasn’t there, a few feet below them. I guess they’re used to it being there by now – but for us, suddenly seeing the reality of what was previously just a news story was very sad.