September 1, 2019

Tour Report: Rusty McBoatface

I had gotten a tip regarding the remains of an old brick port somewhere in the Northeastern part of Germany. A friend of mine showed me photos of an old rusty barge withering away between the trees, and I was convinced that I had to go check it out.
When we were on our tour with Nordgriller urbex back in October of 2017, we put the old barge on the list. It was pretty close to the railway bridge, so we planned it as our final spot for the day - and hoped for a sunny afternoon...
We weren't disappointed. I had gotten the coordinates for the barge as well as coordinates for a parking spot nearby. Nearby in  this case meant that we still had to walk for what felt like about forty-five minutes through the forest until we got to the barge.
The way was okay, though. It was a path that seemed to be used fairly often by dog walkers and the people living in the area. It led along a small channel that had been the connection from the brick port to the next larger river, so it already was part of our "historical" route towards the old ship.
After all - a lot of the bricks that were produced here and transported along this route were used to build the beautiful "Speicherstadt" (warehouse district) of Hamburg.
On the path along the channel, we also crossed the remains of an old bridge. The bridge itself was gone, but we still could see the abutments. Judging by the vegetation following the bridges remains, it used to be a railway bridge that was used to transport bricks and/or materials from and to the brickyard.
After a while, we reached the remains of the brick port. The brickyard itself had been torn down long before our visit and turned into a solar plant, so next to the old barge, only a few walls of the brick port remain and pay witness to the once busy industrial facility.
As we arrived, the sun began to set, and the scenery was filled with a beautiful light.
We took our time and walked around to get the barge from every possible angle before starting our walk back through the forest.
This really was a worthwhile location, and we really enjoyed this short trip!

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