Solway Shipping    


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


"WORKINGTON       "Arklow Field"  12th Feb.

  SILLOTH          "Zapadnny"  8th Feb.

The constant rainfall over the past few weeks seems to be creating a dirty looking marina at Whitehaven with the water turning a distinct shade of brown.
Spotted in Whitehaven marina is this interesting looking launch. It was formally used at Dartmouth Naval College to train officer cadets in seamanship but these type of picket boat launches have now been replaced with ultra modern water jet powered  vessels.
On a visit to Greenock on the river Clyde I was fortunate to catch several ships passing during my stay.

First past was the dredger SHOALWAY on its way to discharge the dredged silt out at sea away from the Clyde.
The local dolphins were enjoying the ride on the bow pressure wave.
Tug ANGLEGARTH heading for the next job.
with local tug TITAN not far behind
The coaster TREVILLE sailing up river to Glasgow with some pipes as deck cargo
CONSTANCE heading down river to the open sea.
and of course the dolphins!
Police patrol vessel TIREE

HMS GRIMSBY (M108) under going maintenance work at James Watt dock..a Sandown class mine counter measure vessel which was built in 1998

On the dockside is the Irish trawler SCEPTRE having been raised off the seabed in Cork Harbour.
and finally just as the sun was setting and rain threatening a rainbow appeared over the dock.
A short video of Zapadnyy docking at Silloth with a cargo of molasses,       "Zapadnyy"
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