Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Spokesman said "No Comment"

It gets worse.

The ferry "Riverdance" was struck by a freak wave on the night of January 31st, 2008, in the Irish sea. Her cargo shifted as she rolled, and was unable to recover from a 60 degree list. The vessel lost power, and, broadside to the waves, drifted some 16 miles. Rescue helicopters fought the storm to lift crew and passengers off.
Eventually she ran aground off the town of Cleveleys, north of Blackpool on the NW coast of England. Salvage attempts were hampered by several further severe storms.
Just scrap metal now.
Sinking into the sands.

Pictures via
Cargolaw's site is a source of many of the internet's ships in trouble pics. It's huge, and well worth a visit. If you're involved in any way with ships or cargo, it should be compulsory to regularly visit this site...


  1. we have a large freighter that went aground off the coast where I live called the New Carrisa. It was burned & half of it was towed out to sea & sunk. The rest of it still sits of the beach.

  2. P.S. I I see it's in the link you provided. The New Carrisa, went aground in 1999.

  3. that is just a bad day, all around...

  4. It really boggles my mind how often people, events, and things succumb to the "Humpty Dumpty" syndrome. To mix a metaphor, once it goes off the rails, no amount of effort will get it back on before the inevitable crash occurs. This is true no matter how slowly the events unfold.


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