Thursday, 17 June 2010

SAMSON and tow

A recent arrival at the Holy Loch Marina at Sandbank has been the small tug SAMSON, which is working in connection with the construction of a new sewage treatment plant for the Dunoon area. SAMSON was built in 1978 at Arklow in the Republic of Ireland and, over the years, has carried a number of names - built as GLEN ESK she later became ARGUS B then MAURA O, then in 2004 MICHAEL MCLOUGHLIN when she joined the Larne-based fleet of John McLoughlin (Shipping). In 2010 she was acquired by ABCO Diving, who are based at Donaghadee, and since has been used on various similar civil engineering projects on the Clyde at Lamalsh, amongst others.

She was seen passing Hunter's Quay heading south with a prefabricated sewage outfall pipe for installation at the new treatment works currently under construction at the disused Bullwood Quarry, a mile south of Dunoon.