Friday 28 September 2012
On Friday Forth Corinthian mounted a huge operation to recover the 4 wrecked boats in the East Harbour. (Photos Tom Wilson and Adrian Shield)
From the storm report you will know that 4 of their boats dragged or were parted from their moorings and ended up on the rocky shore to the west of the West Harbour:
The recovery included two giant cranes and a low loader. The plan was to lift the boats, one at a time, onto the low loader and transport them round to the FCYC yard where they were to be craned onto cradles for inspection etc.
Here we see the crane setting up in the West Harbour:
First the masts have to be removed, which is not easy when the boat is not upright, and then the lift begins, especially with a large ketch, like Aros More. Here we see her being finally lifted and loaded onto the low loader:
The yard also had to be prepared to receive the boats:
All the boats were successfully moved to the yard where the damage was assessed. It is severe. The power of the weather when boats are uncontrolled is all too apparent.