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Beached Sri Lanka ship an 'extraordinary sight'

17 August 2012 Last updated at 16:00 BST

Charles Haviland has been travelling in some of the places devastated in the final stages of the war in northern Sri Lanka three years ago.

On a visit to the still-deserted village of Mullivaikkal, he came face to face with a huge ocean-going vessel captured by the defeated Tamil Tigers and later seized by the Sri Lankan military as they overran the last stretch of previously rebel-held coast in May 2009.