Samson (crane barge)
Samson in 2009
|Operator:||Mersey Docks & Harbour Board|
|Port of registry:||Malta|
|Builder:||Lobnitz & Company|
|Identification:||IMO number: 5308988|
|Length:||54.86 m (180 ft 0 in)|
|Installed power:||1,748 bhp|
|Propulsion:||2 × Paxman 12YLX diesel generators|
Samson had left Liverpool on 9 December 1987, bound for Valletta, Malta. Though the barge was initially being towed by a tugboat, the towline parted in near gale force conditions while off the Welsh coast early on 11 December. The two men aboard the barge were rescued by an RAF Sea King flying from RAF Brawdy, after attempts to reconnect the tow line failed.
The barge eventually ran aground at Rams Head, Ardmore, County Waterford, at approximately 7.50 am on 12 December. Dangerous pollutants were removed soon after the barge went aground, but despite questions being raised in the Dáil Éireann, the wrecked barge was not salvaged, and remains in situ.
In April 2016 the entire jib collapsed into the sea.
- Dáil Éireann - Volume 377 - 2 February 1988 Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Crane Ship Samson
- The 'Crane Ship' Samson, Ardmore