Golden Cross: Unanswered questions

Related to the Golden Cross mooring incident reported earlier this week, we received the following email for publication from Mr. D. Symon which is reproduced here with his permission.

Just a short note to let people know the facts about the mooring of the Golden Cross. The tug did not break or wear through her mooring chains. After consultation with an expert (of) 30 years experience the mooring had been tampered with. The Queens Harbour Master had inspected the mooring when it was laid and he was happy with it. So myself and other parties involved along with a mooring expert have come to the conclusion that one or more persons tampered with the mooring. We thank for their unbiased report.

D. Symon.

Personnel from Clyde Admiralty pilot boat SD Clyde Racer photograph the mooring earlier today.

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Please see the attached article for background on the fabrications that the self-promoting “captain” of a “search and rescue” tug now expounds upon. Is it a private vessel or is it commercially registered? If private then I am also a captain and should wear epaulettes and a peaked hat whenever I am away from my kayak. If commercial then does it carry the appropriate MCA Coding? It claims to have MCA Certification but this is easy to achieve when it’s actually not the commercial vessel that it’s made out to be. A catalogue of lies, a comedy of errors and… Read more »

Keith Lawrence

Good luck with the project Stuart & Suzie. I served as engineer on Golden Cross when you took her from Harwich to Weymouth, picking her up at Dover. Happy days.


Oh dear, I’ve upset someone else now. Look Jonathan, I’m trying not to be personal, I’m expressing an opinion, which I believe in a democratic society I’m entitled to do. If you don’t like it that’s tough, but veiled threats of “get out of town” don’t bother me. I may well be the only person in Ardentinny that has this opinion; if I am, so be it…..although if, as is said, someone tampered with the mooring (which I don’t approve of incidentally), maybe I’m not! Perhaps just one of a silent majority.


As far as I am aware, Sea Captains are Captains for life, retired or otherwise and boats ‘belong’ wherever they are permitted. I gather you don’t like the boat but, if that dislike becomes unbearable, I fear the one that has to move might be you.


It appears my views on Ardentinny’s rusting hulk have ruffled someone’s feathers, but rather than resort, as ex-captain White (retired) has, to personal comments, I prefer just to re-iterate my original thoughts that the “Rusting Cross” should be moved somewhere more fitting it’s appearance, perhaps some old shipyard where ex-captain White (retired) can play boats with it to his heart’s content. When it’s been restored to it’s former “glory” move it to the Marina where people can board her and admire her from close quarters; the Marina would keep a close eye on her too so that ex-captain White (retired)… Read more »

As a retired ship’s captain assisting in the project to save the Golden Cross tugboat which, thankfully, is now safely back on her mooring opposite the Ardentinny Hotel (that’s the rusting hulk referred to in the August 31 comment by ‘winners’ as a monstrosity), I would like to point out that most historic ships look rather sad if they have been left to decay. Unfortunately, most of Scotland’s heritage ships have been scrapped, abandoned or sold abroad. Few original heritage ships from the Clyde remain operational. On reflection though, perhaps they too were assisted in slipping their 15 ton moorings.… Read more »


Whilst sympathising with the owners for their little mishap I did rather hope last Monday that we’d seen the back of this rusting hulk. Sadly this was not to be and it was soon back on it’s mooring. Why does a pretty village like Ardentinny have to have it’s shoreline cluttered with this monstrosity! If someone were to suggest that something like it should be constructed here I bet the whole of the village would be against it, and yet we had absolutely no opportunity to object to it being dumped on our shoreline as it has.