Magheraclogher Strand, Bunbeg, Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland
Cara Na Mara (Friend of the sea) or Bád Eddie are the names given to this old wreck resting on Magheraclogher Beach along Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way. The Cara Na Mara fishing vessel ran into trouble & was beached here in the early 1970s never to move another inch since. The boat has now deteriorated rapidly, sadly one half of the boat is almost gone completely.
I feel somewhat saddened at Bad Eddie having to watch other boats sail past each day, admittedly I’m overthinking again & I do understand the boat doesn’t have actual feelings but everyone who has grew up visiting & respecting the Bad Eddie shipwreck over the past 50 years does. I’m not ashamed to admit that I feel emotional each time I visit nowadays knowing her days are now numbered. It’s only a matter of time before she is broken up & taken by the sea forever….
On the beach front whilst talking to my mate I noticed this stunning red sailed yacht travelling through the water on a path towards the Bad Eddie Shipwreck. Within a flash I ignorantly left the man standing talking to himself! Ran to my car, swapped over lenses to my tele-zoom & belted straight onto the beach. I was now obsessed knowing there were only mere seconds to compose & align this scene up before it had passed. To keep steady & capture the yacht exactly in place I instinctively started walking sideways like a crab whilst holding my breath to minimise camera shake. During & afterwards I could here a few onlookers laughing at my “crab walk” across the beach. Sometimes to get the shot you simply need to completely embarrass yourself in front of everyone lol