Sarah Grey Workboat, Wreck Recovery, Western Entrance, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on July 22, 2010

The Sarah Grey is the latest addition to Coastal Launch Services Ltd who describe it as a "heavily built, powerful multi-porpose workboat suitable for tendering large floating pipelines, heavy duty coastal surveying, towing, pushing, and general site support duties". It is also referred to as a tug or a multicat.

The Sarah Grey is in Dover Harbour to assist the Waasland Sea Barge and the Gaverland Sea Barge (both owned by Herbosch Kiere Marine Contractors) in removing the wreck of the Spanish Prince (see the detailed multi-beam sonar image), a blockship scuttled in early 1915 during the First World War. One of the main roles the Sarah Grey plays in this project (described in the caption to the Rust-covered remains of the Spanish Prince photo, which also gives more information on the history of Dover Blockships) is pushing the Haven Seafield barge between the wreck site and the Jetfoil Basin.

Click to see the official Sarah Grey webpage.

Behind the Sarah Grey is the Western Entrance of Dover Harbour. The Western Entrance to the English Channel lies between the lighthouse of the Southern Breakwater on the left, and the out-of-shot lighthouse of the Admiralty Pier to the right.

The above photo was taken at 1.56 pm on Tuesday, 29th of June 2010, from the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier. The proper name for the lighthouse in the photo itself, currently undergoing maintainance, is the Dover Breakwater West End Light: Built 1909. Active; focal plane 21 m (69 ft); red light, one 3 second occultation every 30 seconds. 22 m (73 ft) round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted white (1).

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Sarah Grey details (2) (3):

Loa: 25m

Beam: 9.6m

Draft: 1.85m

Depth: 2.6m

Speed: 10kts+

Pull: 15 tons+

Winch: 60 ton

Deck Crane 1: 100 ton/Mts. (20 ton @ 5m - 5 ton @ 16m)

Deck Crane 2: +30 ton/Mts. (3 ton @ 8m - 5 ton @ 6m)

Fuel: 60 ton

Fresh Water: 55 ton

Deck: 10 ton/sq.m

Generating Power: 1 x 60 kva 3 phase - 1 x 30 kva 3 phase

Power: 2 x 700HP

Waterline Length: (approx.) 21.5m

On board accomodation for 5 in 3 cabins

Flag: United Kingdom (UK)

Call Sign: ZQQQ5

IMO: 8956437

MMSI: 235000357

Year of build : 1999 (?)

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(1) Lighthouses Depot (2) Sarah Grey Specifications (3) Marinetraffic entry for Sarah Grey

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John Latter on August 10, 2010

Another workboat, the Xplorer Gemini Fastcat Catamaran is in port this summer (2010) to do a full hydrographic survey of the Port of Dover. The survey is expected to take 6 weeks and in addition to the survey inside the Port, will include the coastline either side of Dover up to a distance of 1 nautical mile from the shore.

John Latter on January 25, 2011

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 7, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/06/29 13:56:16
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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