Wednesday, June 25, 2008
ABC Wednesday - W is for Wreck of the Riverdance
Whilst in Blackpool last month, I took the bus up to Cleveleys to see what was left of the Riverdance which ran aground at the end of January.
The stricken vessel, belonging to Seatruck Ferries had been carrying trucks and trailers from Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland to Heysham in Lancashire, when it was struck by a freak wave. You can read the full report on the BBC News.
This picture was taken looking across the sands from Blackpool North Pier.
At first it had been hoped to refloat the ship as it was merely listing. Eventually, however, it landed on its side like this. The plan now is to cut it up into bits and remove it.
These next three pictures were taken a couple of days later from the top deck of bus near Little Bispham.
There are a large number of very interesting videos on YouTube, mostly taken in early February, when the ferry was still listing. The Blackpool Gazette has a gallery of photos including some up to date ones of the continuing operation to cut it up into pieces.
My other ABC Wednesday W posts this week are ~~ Well on Wych Fold at Hyde Daily Photo ~~ Wakes Weeks at Old Hyde ~~ Windsurfer at Sithenah
To visit more ABC-Wednesday W posts go to Mrs. Nesbitt's Place.