Wednesday, 25 August 2010


FLINTERFOREST is no stranger nowadays when she visits Greenock, and this week she was back on the Clyde once more with cargo of woodpulp from Halla in Finland. On passage, she had, however, the misfortune to run aground near Helsingborg in Sweden. Although not badly damaged - reports indicate that divers later found some minor indentation to her hull but no damage to her propellor - her Ukranian master was subsequently arrested and charged with "aggravated drunkenness at sea". Some of her cargo was transferred to another ship, enabling her to be refloated, and later put back on board. With a new master in command, she was then able to resume her voyage to the Clyde without further incident. She was seen as she left the Clyde for Fowey.