Steamer Excelsior-2


Walking around Mutton Cove South Australia

The Screw steamer Excelsior was built in 1897 by Gourlay Brothers of Dundee, Scotland.

The steel hulled vessel measured 131.0 feet (39.9 m) in length, 24.0 feet (7.3 m) breadth, 10.8 feet (3.3 m) depth and was 310 gross tons.

Steamer Excelsior Overlay


Ghostly Overlay of what the Screw Steamer may have looked back in 1897

Steamer Excelsior2-2

Steamer Excelsior3-2


Mutton Cove is an isolated and desolate area on the tip of the LeFevre Peninsula just 23 kilometres north west of Adelaide. It consists mainly of saltmarsh and is bounded by the sea and land

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32 Responses to Excelsior

  1. dianaed2013 says:

    Great images and interesting – obviously no one with money wanted to save her

    • mikew66 says:

      very sad more history reduced to ruin
      Thanks for your great comment and interest

  2. feralc4t says:

    Excellent photos 🙂

  3. Iksa says:

    Great photos and background story ..

  4. Excellent photos. I love that you provide the history behind them. Thank you, Mike. I hope you are doing well. 🙂 Skye

  5. Rabbit says:

    I like your work Mike. Thanks for posting.

  6. nexi says:

    … love the effect of the overlay. The photo has all the ‘pull’ of an oil study – and I bet it would make a good painting.

  7. clgphotos says:

    Cool and excellent fine. I bet it was blast photographing her and thanks for the background info.

    • mikew66 says:

      Yes I wanted to get out there for awhile so it was good to finally see her.
      Thanks for your great comment much appreciated


  8. trailblazer1 says:

    Love the ‘grunge’ . . . so much beauty in the past. Decay and all.

  9. John M says:

    Cool photos! I like the third one, especially. From the looks of the saltmarsh, it looks as though approaching very close is difficult. If it weren’t, there would probably be graffiti!
    There is a photo of the ship afloat at: http://images.slsa.sa.gov.au/mpcimg/54250/B54060_62.htm
    Reddit link: http://www.reddit.com/r/AbandonedPorn/comments/1kqcgb/the_wreck_of_the_mv_excelsior_in_mutton_cove/

    • mikew66 says:

      Wow John, I tried serching for an original picture, so thank you very much it is great to see her under steam and very sad to see it in its current state.
      Thank you also for your great comment very much appreciated


  10. themofman says:

    The clouds are wonderful details with these old beach wrecks.

  11. dianaed2013 says:

    Great capture – rotting boats etc. always attract photographers and there is some beauty in them

    • mikew66 says:

      Thank you

      Yes they do have that apeal and this history is always interesting
      Thank again


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