“The Sampson”

Four kayakers en route for a sea view of “The Sampson”, a crane ship washed onto Ardmore Head on the County Waterford coast.

Samson had left Liverpool in 1987, bound for Malta under tow from a tug boat. The towline parted in a gale off the Welsh coast early on 11 December. The two men aboard the barge were rescued by helicopter after attempts to reconnect the tow line failed.

The barge eventually ran aground, but it wasn’t economic to salvage it and there it, although the ships’ propeller was removed and put on display in the village of Ardmore. Since then the entire jib had now collapsed into the sea.

Just one of many shots featured in the book “Waterford, A County Revealed”, details here

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