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Royston Wrecks


The little song sparrow provides music on this quiet morning. “Come along, Anneli. This is the way to the path beside the beach.”


The trees are blooming. I don’t know what kind they are, but they’re always the earliest ones. They grow wild everywhere.


I step down from the beachside path to walk towards the water. Several little stone men are already on the beach. Some very patient person has been here. Have you ever tried to build one of these stone guys? It’s not as easy as it looks. I’m told they’re only cairns, but my imagination took off for a second there.


Across the bay from where I live on Vancouver Island, is the tiny community of Royston. In trying to find out more about the history of the wrecks that are piled up to function as a breakwater for logging, I came across a very interesting article about it in the Vancouver Sun. Here is the link: http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=3c998dce-5853-4a6c-ab97-d3d20fb8255a

I couldn’t find the author’s name, but at the end I saw that it had an email address and a copyright: lpynn@vancouversun.com  © (c) CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc.

According to the article, at least 14 vessels have been purposely sunk here “as breakwaters for log-booming operations exposed to the southeast winds blowing down the Strait of Georgia.”


The log booms are no longer active, but at certain times of the year, fish like to come into the shallows here to tease fly fishermen. The wrecks are still doing their job of protecting the shore from the worst weather, and probably they are providing places for fish and other sea life to hide.

The misty haze hangs over the Gulf Islands between the mainland and Vancouver Island – very typical of this region.


Looking from the beach on the Royston side you can see the Town of Comox on the farther shore. Beyond that, you see the snow-capped mountains of the Coast Range on the mainland of British Columbia. These are not to be confused with the Rockies which are on the eastern border of British Columbia.


“That’s it for today’s tour, Anneli,” says the song sparrow. “We don’t want to bore people. Gotta fly!”


Author: wordsfromanneli

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30 thoughts on “Royston Wrecks

  1. What lovely guides you have! And beautiful views over the Gulf. 🙂

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    • That bird was singing his heart out so I just had to take his picture. I zoomed in on him and didn’t really expect to get much, but I was pleased that it turned out as well as it did. it was a beautiful, warm spring day.

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  2. Love the sparrow shots!

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  3. Wow! Your photographs keep getting better and better, Anneli!

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  4. Interesting about the boats being sunk on purpose.

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  5. I don’t think I’ve heard of sinking ships to make a breakwater before, but these certainly serve a dual purpose and that’s extra good!

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  6. What a beautiful area you live in! Love the sparrow photos — great shots!

    They are cairns … those stone men. I’ve tried many times, to build a cairn on the beach … with varying result LOL

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    • You’re right. I was thinking that the builders were trying to make inukshuks, but lacked the flat stones. My imagination ran away with me for a moment there. One writer that came up when I googled the rocks (Herb Terns) says: A cairn is a pile of rocks but an inukshuk is something more.”

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  7. Looks like spring has finally come to you, too. Great pictures, but wrecks rusting away are always a sorry sight – even if they make great motives.

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    • They would have to be dismantled or sunk someplace deep, out of the way of shipping lanes, and in the end it comes to the same thing – they rust and decay and finally disappear (maybe not in my lifetime). At least these are all in one place and the area is otherwise very clean.


  8. A friend of mine keeps a cairn on her front porch..very sweet. Love the photos and what a story the ships could tell! Someone had a brilliant idea in the use of the ships as a breakwater. Recycle!

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  9. Anneli, you are NEVER boring! Ibreallybliked the sparrow and the photograph was very detailed. I liked your fifth photo of the remains of ships and the shimmering, transcendence of the water ripples. This was a beautiful post. Hugs, R.


  10. For some reason when I write quickly the “b” letter takes up my spaces. You don’t have to correct or edit this, but know I meant “I really liked the sparrow.” 🙂

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    • I figured that. It happens to all of us with the typos. I tend to reverse the letters and write teh for the and toady for today. Glad you liked the post. Always nice to see that you’ve visited.


  11. Lovely post. Great photography but of course you have the views to make it happen.

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  12. I enjoyed looking at your beautiful- and interesting pictures.

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