First I thought it was a computer animation -- a huge living tree, sailing on board the ship
in the sea!
A frame form Pirates of the Caribbean.
At World's End. Seems to be true -- Georgia, where the images come from, is at Europe's end.
And this is not shopped. The 200-year-old, 50 m in hight, weighing 650 tons, the tree
Liriodendron tulipifera. It was dug out near the Georgian coastal village Tsikhisdziri
to be shipped
to another place in Georgia near the coast to be planted in the dendrological park.
Fixing the rootage.
The tree was loadded on the truck. Had there been any trafic road, unusual load and size would
the traffic dangeros. Fortunately, there were no traffic road available in the area
so that a dedicated road was built exclusively to deliver the load to the coast a few
You would notice dudes keeping hands in pockets both figuratively and literally
almost on every photo.
Approaching the sea shore.
Construction of the road, dedicated to the tree haulage. Road base being
covered with prefabricated reinforced concrete slabs
usually used for airport runways to bear the extraordinary load.
Fixed with ropes to the deck and root system enclosed
into a tight "belt" of timber and ropes both to keep the native soil and make the
tree stable while on the deck, the tree was anchored for 3 days in the open sea near the proposed
place of unshipping while a fleet of earthmoving machines dug the beach wide and deep enough
to let the boat tie up at the bank.
Sailing tree on board the ship pending completion of construction works on coast.
View from the beach.
Backhoe at work.
Finally the beach was ready to unship the tree.
Bulldozer towing the ship.
Again, hands in pockets.
The destination place is a private area. Experts claim that adult trees have 50/50 chances
of striking roots if planted in a new environment.