Monday, 3 March 2008


The small passenger ferry ALI CAT makes her way downriver from her berth in the James Watt Dock to Gourock twice daily, Monday to Friday, to give additional passenger-only sailings on the Caledonian MacBrayne service to Dunoon. She was seen this afternoon passing Greenock Esplanade with the wreck of a Greek ship, CAPTAYANNIS, lying in the background. This ship was caught in a storm in January 1974 and dragged her anchor, eventually colliding with another ship and having a hole torn in her side by its anchor cable. CAPTAYANNIS, which was carrying a cargo of sugar, ended up on her side on a sandbank in the middle of the river. Long drawn out legal battles then ensued with no positive outcome or plan to salvage her being formulated, but as she did not pose a hazard to navigation, she was left there. The wreck is now a haven for seabirds and other marine life.


Anonymous said...

Lovely image.