Damaged buoy scuppers tug mooring


Golden Cross lashed to SD Resourceful

On Wednesday afternoon vintage tug Golden Cross was towed out of the rocky inlet at Shepherds Point where she had drifted to the previous day. After being lashed to Serco tug SD Resourceful in the middle of Loch Long and accompanied by an MOD police boat and RIB police launch, the vessel continued to her original mooring off Ardentinny Hotel.

On examination of the mooring by the MOD crew, we understand that it was impossible to secure the Golden Cross, as the ‘t/bar’ on the buoy had been ripped off. The buoy will therefore need to be replaced.

HMRT Golden Cross was last night taken to a temporary mooring near to the mouth of Loch Goil.

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Video footage to follow shortly.


Historic tug comes to rest in rocky inlet

HMRT Golden Cross is tonight lodged on sand in an inlet near Shepherds Point, Ardentinny, Argyll. The 58 year-old vessel, which broke its mooring in high winds early this morning, drifted off a sandbank near Sandy Beach at high tide.  She is now in relatively calm waters along the rocky shoreline. At dusk tonight, MOD Police boarded the vessel and appear to have secured her to the shore, possibly to enable her to be pulled off at the next high tide. Also in attendance was SERCO tug SD Resourceful.

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Loch Long webcam catches runaway tug

As the tugboat Golden Cross remains stuck on an Ardentinny sandbank this morning, video has emerged of the vessel drifting from its mooring early on Monday morning. The clip from the LochLongCam.com webcam shows the vessel passing the beach opposite the Outdoor Centre at 5.41am.


Adrift historic tug awaits rescue on Ardentinny sandbank

The Golden Cross this afternoon at low tide.

Vintage tugboat Golden Cross is this afternoon lodged on a sandbank off Ardentinny beach. The historic ship which has been moored off Ardentinny since April appears to have broken free from its mooring overnight and drifted towards the beach. According to a villager, an MOD police launch was seen in the vicinity of the marooned boat early this morning. See the LochLongCam.com webcam for latest live pictures.


Historic Tug Golden Cross arrives off Ardentinny

Captured by LochLongCam.com, Golden Cross is manoeuvred into position off Ardentinny earlier today

Assisted by the multi-role vessel Mary M, historic tug Golden Cross reached its final destination off Ardentinny earlier today after a 650 mile voyage from Falmouth. Built by Scott and Sons at their Bowling yard in 1955, The 132 ton tug was in danger of being sold overseas or scrapped when a group of Argyll residents decided to rescue the vessel and bring her to Ardentinny. Over the winter the vessel was moored at Holy Loch Marina and latterly Roseneath.

More information on the Golden Cross project is available here.
Dunoon Observer article from 23 September, 2011 (PDF).
More images from today’s arrival.
Moorings preparation off Ardentinny on 16 April.


Golden Cross Adrift (again!)

The Golden Cross was adrift today off Ardentinny. The historic tug broke free from its mooring off Ardentinny Hotel at around 5.50am this morning. She is now lodged on a sandbank off Sandy Beach.

Video footage of the moored tug was captured by the LochLongCam.com webcam, as well as her drift across the bay (see below). This is the second time the tug has lost its mooring. In August last year, the Golden Cross broke free and drifted on to the same sandbank.

Golden Cross with HMS Pembroke in background


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 ardentinny.org for their unbiased report.

D. Symon.

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


Ark Royal – the final passage

HMS Ark Royal left Loch Long’s Glen Mallan this morning on her final journey attended by Sd Dexterous, Sd Nimble and Sd Impulse. The aircraft carrier had spent the last five days unloading armaments at the MOD jetty. She was given a farewell salute with fire hoses by the attending tugs off RNAD Coulport.

We understand that, enroute to decommissioning at Portsmouth, she will be open to the public at Northumberland Quay, North Shields on Friday 19 November.

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