Miss Carol shipwreck, Martinique

S/V Miss Carol Shipwreck – Short-Lived Seaside Art Spectacle in Martinique

Art knows no bounds in the Caribbean, particularly in the wake of tropical storms. Here, the cast asunder is often converted to canvas, creating some rather uncommon art walk opportunities. The S/V Miss Carol Shipwreck is among my favorites.

Hurricane Maria wedged the ill-fated ship into the shoreline of la Plage de Pointe Marin in September 2017. Thankfully, the storm barely dealt Martinique a glancing blow. In fact, many considered the shipwreck to be Maria’s most lasting legacy on the island.

It wasn’t long after that the storm passed that the S/V Miss Carol Shipwreck became one of the most instagrammable spots in Martinique.

The art and graffiti that came to embody the ship are big reasons why, of course. When last I visited in July 2018, the main image depicting a woman’s face dominated the craft/canvas. In the weeks and months since then, though, virtually the entire ship was covered. Different artists keep returning to Pointe Marin to add their special touches. It seemed like the chameleon-like collective work would continue to evolve forever!

Alas, though, it was not meant to be.

The seaside art spectacle that was the S/V Miss Carol Shipwreck closed in February 2021.

Will another Miss Carol emerge following the next tropical storm season? I guess we’ll have to wait and see…


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