This was a large ship sitting just off the coast of Alyangula last week. It was waiting to come in for loading with manganese which is mined on Groote Eylandt.
I took this photo just after a heavy downpour of rain, so it had this lovely, misty look about it. When I opened the photo, I thought it looked a little like a ghost ship. Just a pity that it wasn't one of those lovely tall ships or the mysterious mahogany ship which haunts the coast of Warrnambool, Victoria.
"Manganese is a gray-white, hard, brittle, metal that can take a high polish. The metal tarnishes on exposure to air and, when heated, oxidizes to manganese(II, III) oxide (Mn3O4).
Manganese is used extensively to produce a variety of important alloys and to desulfurize and deoxidize steel. The metal is also used in dry cell batteries. Manganese dioxide is used as a black-brown pigment in paint. Organo-manganese compounds can be added to gasoline to increase its octane rating and reduce engine knock. Manganese is an essential trace element for living creatures." http://www.chemicool.com/elements/manganese.html
Groote Eylandt is located in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory, Australia. It, and surrounding areas, are wholly owned by the Anindilyakwa aboriginal people. In 1964, GEMCO entered into an agreement with the Traditional Owners, enabling mining in certain areas of the Eylandt and the establishment of a residential community.