Operated by Coastworks, a company based at Fairlie, the workboat BEN CROM was noted passing Gourock this afternoon towing one of her owner's barges, CW1. BEN CROM was built in 1966 as a buoy maintenance tender by James Cook at Wivenhoe, for Carlingford Lough Commissioners. She is 21.3 metres in length, and is 70 tons gross. A common sight on the Clyde, BEN CROM is often to be seen dredging and working on a wide variety of civil engineering projects. Originally fitted with Kelvin engines, these were replaced a few years ago with two Cummins engines.