Montag, 20. Februar 2012

Lost in the North Sea floods...

...but this time fortunately no human life, just tens of thousands of Hilfiger Denim lady's and child's shoes.

 On December 9, 2011, the huge container vessel "Maersk Eindhoven" lost five of its containers during a hurricane in the vicinity of the island of Helgoland, German North Sea.

--> article of the incident (in German)

So a huge amount of shoes could "escape" from the iron container prison.

Most of them were washed up at the Helgoland shoreline, but still many of them took their way to the north-west in direction to the North Frisian Islands (Sylt, Amrum, Föhr).

The collection of shoes I've posted here I found at different sections of Sylt's beaches between end of year 2011 and January 2012 - three to four weeks after the incident.

Unfortunately the ballerinas I found were of different shoe size - 39 & 41.

But after three to four weeks in the North Sea floods no one would really enjoy wearing the kicks...



  1. Hallo :) schönen und eindrucksvollen Bildern, die Sie übernehmen! Ich habe in der Schule Deutsch, aber es ist zu lange her, dass ich ohne Google übersetzen zu schreiben ...
    Wünschen Ihnen einen schönen Montag!
    Mit freundlichen Grüßen Sønnøve

  2. Beautifully observed photography as ever Uwe.

    Fascinating story - that happened in SW England a couple of years ago and BMW motorbikes were washed ashore!!

    keep warm until Spring