Samson (crane barge)

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Samson crane barge full view.jpg
Samson in 2009
United Kingdom
Name: Samson
Operator: Mersey Docks & Harbour Board
Port of registry: Malta
Builder: Lobnitz & Company
Completed: 1959
Name: Samson
Identification:IMO number5308988
General characteristics
Length: 54.86 m (180 ft 0 in)
Installed power: 1,748 bhp
Propulsion: 2 × Paxman 12YLX diesel generators
Crew: 2 (minimum)
The Samson, seen from the cliffs at Rams Head
The Samson, Jib collapse, April 2016.

Samson was a crane barge which ran aground off the coast of Ireland in 1987.

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.