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.
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.
After some thirty six hours marooned on a LochLong sandbank and with a little help from the Ben-Crom, the Golden Cross was finally reunited with her mooring early this afternoon. More photographs and video of the operation to follow.
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.
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.