Solway Shipping    


The news and views of the latest events along the Solway Coast


"WORKINGTON    "Boha Wittenbergen"  18th Sept  "CEG Galaxy" 19th Sept   "Arklow Cadet"  19th Sept.  "Scot Navigator"  22nd Sept.

 SILLOTH        "Anja"  23rd Sept.   "Woodland"  3rd Oct.

At around 2 am today, 26th August, on passage from Liverpool to Belfast CEG ORBIT, a regular visitor to Workington, ran aground on the east coast of the Isle of Man. Luckily the weather is quite settled fine at the moment and it was hoped to refloat her on the next high tide. Many thanks to Alex Barlow. The drone footage can be viewed HERE.
 BEAUMOTION  makes her way to the port of Silloth entrance making an allowance for the tide and wind moving from left to right
realising the vessel was off course and heading for the woodwork it was "full astern" with the engines
it's not really a common sight to see black smoke from a ships funnel as the engines were working hard to reverse course.
the battle was won as the vessel slowly moved back from the woodwork
a final touch with the engines and the ship lines nicely up with the entrance
safely in and heading for the dock.
With the ongoing but easing situation with Covid 19 a cruise was out of the question but a holiday cottage in the Highlands of Scotland provided a welcome break and a chance for a bit of touring. Calling at Corpach at the end/start of the Caledonian Canal I caught Oban Lifeboat entering the lock gates bound for Macduff on the east coast for repairs to one of her engines. In the background is where most of the logs bound for Workington are loaded.
SHETLAND TRADER being loaded
Further up the canal was HMS CHARGER
At Inverness, home base for SCOTLINE, SCOT NAVIGATOR was being loaded with cargo bound for Avonmouth
A little further up river MERSEY FISHER was discharging fuel

Also spotted was the RNLI's Stromness lifeboat VIOLET DOROTHY and KATHLEEN,  a Severn class which are the largest boats in the fleet at 17.3m  (56.9') and a build cost of £2 million.

Also in port was the Northern Lighthouse Boards ship POLE STAR.

Fisheries Protection Vessel "North Western Protector"   pictured in the lock at Whitehaven. This vessel was the replacement for "Solway Protector" which was also based in Whitehaven.
A short video of Zapadnyy docking at Silloth with a cargo of molasses,       "Zapadnyy"
As the cold damp weather continues and travel is restricted a great way to pass some time is to read local author Ann Lingards extremely interesting account of what's involved piloting a ship up the Solway Firth to Silloth (including a report on "Zapadnyy")

A little over 100 years ago in May 1919 the Workington shipbuilding yard of R. Williamson and son completed the 115' long steam trawler "Thomas Currell" for Sanford of Auckland but just a few months later it was requisitioned by the Admiralty who intended it to be used for patrol and minesweeping duties as a Strath Class armed trawler.
A couple of years later in 1922 she was de-commissioned and returned to Sanford for fishing in New Zealand waters. However in 1939 she was requisitioned yet again, this time by the Royal New Zealand Navy,  as an armed trawler once more. In 1945 she was returned to Sanford to resume fishing duties.
At one point during this time she had been renamed "Enrico" for a short period.  It seems that she was a good reliable vessel because as late as 1968, for one reason or another, she was beached at Port Hutt, Chatham Island and left to her fate. Remarkably she still survives to this day and is a fine example of the workmanship of the Workington yard.       
It seems a shame that, what must be the last survivor of her type, is slowly but surely rusting away to obscurity.
My thanks to John Whitwell for his assistance.

Earlier this year an hydrographic survey was carried out around the Port of Workington using a small boat and drone, the results can be viewed here.  SURVEY
                                 To see more photo's of shipping in the Solway Firth don't forget to check   Cumbria Ship Photo's