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Mar 6, 2013 - Asia, Thailand, Urbex    2 Comments

USS Lincoln – Part II

Here is the second Part of an older post about this abandoned and rusty Land Shipping Tank, The USS Lincoln County (LST-898).

After getting into the boat, I spend few hours carefully walking inside this vessel. Even though I was too scared to go deeper than the third level, it was a great experience.

I still have to process some pictures of the inside so there will be a part three.

For updates, it is confirmed that The USS Lincoln has been sunk in late November and is now lying offshore of Kho Chang.

 

After hours of darkness, the sunset was waiting for me when I finally got out of this metallic beast.

The magnificent view from the inside.

A really really narrow hatchway.

The USS Lincoln County Part I

Dec 12, 2012 - France, Toulouse, Urbex    No Comments

Lonely Piano

Bergen, Norway

I just arrived in Bergen this morning, weather is bad but it not as cold as expected.
I will stay here one week before returning to France.
Bergen is known to be the getaway to the Norwegian Fjord.
If the snowing stop, I will definitively try to go on a little hike and take some pictures.

Lonely Piano

Another urbex picture for today, This one was took in an abandoned castle in Toulouse. The castle has been left to die many years ago but it was well locked. Fews months back someone managed to open it and since, the castle has suffer more than in all its history, squatters, taggers and thieves have taken their toll and soon enough there will be nothing left of it. It’s a shame cause the place was really pretty with many rooms, a huge living room with a wonderful piano as you can see below and a really nice garden. Many belongings still remain in the castle, with clothes inside closets and many partitions and vintage pictures in the children’s rooms.

In Bonus you got that nice picture I took during one of our exploration in an abandoned factory.

Nov 13, 2012 - Asia, Thailand, Urbex    4 Comments

USS Lincoln County (LST-898)

As you might already know, I was in Thailand during the late August.

We crossed the border from Cambodia and we stayed in a nice island called Koh Chang. There, during one of our motorcycle trip around the island, I caught a glimpse of an enormous boat decked at the end of a lonely pier somewhere at the northern tip of the island.

Next day, I waited for my mate to take a nap and I rent a scooter with the hope of sneaking into the boat.
I arrived there and the place was really empty I parked my ride on the side of the road and walked to the pier. I had to cross the 300 meter pier to get to the boat, out in the open, my biggest fear was to be seen and get in trouble with the local police. I managed to be as stealth as I could crossing the pier to finally stumble across an old fishermen which didn’t look surprised to see me. Way to go Ninja!!  ;D

I quickly spotted an old rusty and twisted ladder which got me on the main deck of the boat. The place was sooo big. I managed to take my flashlight out and took a stairs that led me to the command bridge, the boat had been stripped out of his armament and electronics but I was surprisingly happy to found that the chart room was still full of some old Navy Maps dating from the Vietnam War.
I spend most of the remaining hours of the day in the boat and visited 4 of the 7 decks. But as I was on my own and judging from the state of the place I wasn’t reckless enough to go very deep in the belly of the ship. The ambiance was really creepy, pitch black rooms, very thin hallways, rusted floors and dripping roofs, flooded decks, not to mention the sound of the waves rumbling trough the metal carapace of the ship.

USS Lincoln County LST-898

As my later Internet researches told me, the boat is an American Tank Landing ship. Built in mid 1944 in Pennsylvania she (It looks like you have to refer to a boat as a “she”, strange fact isn’t it?) was send in the pacific to help in the invasion of the imperial Japan at Okinawa.
She was then involved in the Korean War and participated in the famous Inchon Invasion the 15th September of 1950.
After that she was assigned to the Arctic Ocean and made few trips in the Western Pacific till she was decommissioned on March 1961.
After serving the Navy during two wars and for more than 16 years, Lincoln County was sold to the government of Thailand under the terms of the Military Assistance Program. Se was renamed Chang LST-2 and remained active in the Royal Thai Navy till 2006.
The Boat was then turned over the island of Koh Chang in mid 2012 to be sunk near the island.
As for now the sinking hasn’t happened yet but is scheduled for the beginning of December.

After serving in Three major conflict, the old Lincoln County will be laid to rest at the bottom of the ocean and will become the largest diving wreck of Thailand. What a hell of an attraction!

Archive photography of the glory days of The USS Lincoln County.

Towing of the rusted Chang LST-2.

My vision of the boat on this gray afternoon.
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One the seat of the crow’s nest close to the flying bridge.
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Oct 19, 2012 - France, Toulouse, Urbex    No Comments

Surgical Lights

An Urbex picture for today. This was shot in an abandoned wing of an hospital near Toulouse. The place is quite empty, but it was really fun to sneak in through the underground tunnels of the active part of the hospital.
Most of the furnitures were gone but we did found these pretty surgical lights in an old operating room.

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May 23, 2012 - France, Urbex    2 Comments

Break Room

This is another picture from the urbex trip I made few weeks ago. The place we visited was a big pasta factory with a mansion close to it. This is from the factory part.
After few hours of hanging around, we encountered a huge room filled with massive oven that spread more than 20 meters on the floor.
Stopping to take some pictures, we saw a door indicating  “salle de pause”. When we entered, we found this :

I dont know what kind of break they took here but it doesn’t seems like peaceful time to me.

 

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May 13, 2012 - France, Urbex    No Comments

Ghost in the bath

Urban Exploration

Something totally different for today. I just came back from my first experience in urbex or urban exploration. I met some cool guys from Toulouse and we went to visit/infiltrate a huge abandoned factory in the neighborhood of Toulouse. We kind of get lucky and with a little bit of ingenuity we managed to get inside. The place is so big we could not even manage to scout all floors during our 3 hours of exploration.

The factory was producing pasta since the beggining of our centuries. It was struggling with financial issue since a decade and was closed part after part in the last few years. Our search went on for a moment and we finally stumbled on a big courtyard from which we could reach the lordly house that spread on three flours with a big wine cellar.
The place was really creepy and everything looked like time had stopped in 1960, newspapers and undrinked soda on the floor, paint and plaster peeling off, rotten wood everywhere.
After some times, we found this bathroom, adjacent to a big bedroom. I grab my tripod and took this shot.

I know that this is totally different from my previous stuff, but it was a great experience for me so I wanted to share it with you. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I am.

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