Photographer captures awardwinning image of sunken WWII trucks and cycles frozen in time
An photo captured deep inside the hull of a British ship sunken during World War II just took home the top prize for Underwater Photographer of the Year , and one glimpse at the haunting image is enough to see why. The photo, called ‘Cycle-War,’ was shot by Tobias Friedrich, and it’s nothing short of mesmerizing.
The award-winning picture was snapped inside the cargo hold of the SS Thistlegorm , a British Merchant Navy ship which was barely a year old at the time of her sinking. The ship was one of many casualties of the war, and the photo is like a glimpse back in time.
Having set sail from Glasgow, Scotland, on June 2, 1941, and bound for Alexandria, Egypt, the SS Thistlegorm was packed to the gills with military equipment. Rifles, ammunition, and aircraft parts were packed into crates for eager troops, while military trucks with motorcycles neatly lined up in their beds sat in long rows. Fate had other plans.
Unfortunately for the crew and the British war effort, a pair of German bombers spotted the ship and dropped two bombs which caused serious damage to the vessel. The bombing also ignited some of the ammunition stored on board, leading to further damage and ultimately leading to its demise. The ship has been sitting on the sea floor since that day, and while its huge collection of war relics has long since been claimed by corrosion, its cargo is still largely recognizable. – READ MORE
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