Friday, 23 January 2009


Almost as much a part of the local shipping scene as FORT AUSTIN had become, the bulk carrier SILVER CONSTELLATION finally sailed from the Clyde this evening, initially bound for Falmouth. Following her inspection last November by Maritime and Coastguard Agency surveyors, which uncovered 28 deficiencies, three  of which gave grounds for detention, her crew went on strike over unpaid wages after the deficiencies had been remedied. It was reported in the press that provisions had been running low, and that there was only enough water remaining on board for a few more days.