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No, its not Nessie!

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Comments (11)

AlexMatos on June 11, 2007

Isnt it Nessie?

Cheers Alex

Nice photo

cometboy on May 3, 2008

only the laxity of the British Goverment would allow an insurance company to leave this eyesore on the bottom at a very scenic Tail 'o The Bank . Bring your rubbish here to foul up he scenery. Cometboy

© Douglas MacGregor on May 23, 2008

The "Sugar Boat" is actually the Greek cargo ship CAPTAYANNIS. She was holed in a collision during the storm of 27th January 1974 and beached on shallow sandbanks at the Tail 'o The Bank. No one has taken responsibility for her removal and since she does not block the main shipping channel, she has simply been left to rust away.

Views like this are only possible at low tide when the hull is exposed to view. At high tide there is little to see.

Guy Lakeman on June 17, 2008

how did it turn over completely in shallow water???

© Douglas MacGregor on June 17, 2008

It is not turned over completely. It is lying on its side. What you see in the photo is the bottom of the boat towards us and one side above the water line.

Majock on February 8, 2009

Hi all, I watched this happen in72/73 ish, not 74. If it happened in 74 then I would not have seen it. I joined the Army in 73, so it happened just before my departure from Greenock. It did not have a collision it ran aground on a sandbank and could not be freed. Over 4 nights the authorities tried in vain but to no avail, had no choice but to abandon it. I remember each night a bit at a time the lights would be switched off untill there were no more lights left on,so this was the give up time.

Each year I would visit home and see the ship slowly listing, as you can see now on its side. Sad, but shit happens.

Majock on February 8, 2009

There are worse eysores at the side of our roads than this is. Take for instance stolen abandoned cars, drunks , bums, rubbish. At least some good has come out of our human error, our locals can make a few bob in providing excursions to the site.

Jerryhill on August 16, 2009

Majock - I completely agree with your thoughts surrounding eyesores at the side of the roads. Terrible to see our fantastic country wrecked by numpties who care about nothing. As for your recollection of events surrounding the sinking, I'm sorry but you are not right about the date or the circumstances surrounding her demise. Douglas' detail (listed earlier) are correct! On the evening of 27 January 1974, a storm blew the vessel from its anchor while she was waiting at the Tail of the Bank to deliver sugar to the James Watt Dock in Greenock. She did collide with another vessel, namely the BP tanker British Light. The tanker suffered no damage but her anchor chains holed the sugar boat allowing water to pour in. The captain of the Captayannis' tried to make for the sheltered waters of the Gareloch but realising that she was in imminent danger of sinking, opted to beach her in the shallow waters over the sandbank. The pilot boats, the tug Labrador and Clyde Marine Motoring's Rover came to assist and the vessel leaned over so far that it was possible for the crew to jump onto the rescue vessel. 25 of the crew were taken ashore, but the Captain and four crewmen waited on the Labrador, standing by the stricken vessel. The ship finally rolled over onto her side the next morning. She has lain there ever since. Most, if not all of her more valuable metals and fittings have been removed by looters, leaving little of the split-style superstructure. She's now a haven for wildlife, always covered in Cormorants. I've taken a couple of close-up photos of her which I'm just waiting to have 'published' by Google Earth. They show her in her majestic detail.

tamreilly on October 30, 2009

nice to see this as i was a boilerman on the ows monitor , or adviser at this time it ,was the talk of steemy hard to think it was so longago

CSBlakebrough on January 11, 2010

@Majock: As said it was definately 1974 as seen in this link: (scroll down to see the Greenock Telegraph report on the event and note the date!)

Hervé Legallais (Tad… on August 16, 2010

very nice, like, Hervé

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  • Uploaded on May 12, 2007
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    by © Douglas MacGregor
    • Taken on 2007/05/12 14:32:00
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 72.90mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO64
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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