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Ariel_VH
Feb-27-2007 @ 11:06 AM                           Permalink
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Am I correct or not.I seem to remember that many years ago a sea going boat got stuck under Haven Bridge.I think the skipper was over the drink driving limit. Les.


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It was in the very late60's early 70's. It got stuck broadside of the bridge on the downstream side with the river in full flow. the tug Hector Read tried to get it off without success.
Many people lined South Quay to watch. If the tow cable had stapped hundreds of people would have been injured. They even allowed traffic to ocntinue using the bridge as there was no other way in from Gorleston. These days the whole town would have come to a standstill as the area would have been sealed off.

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I recall a submarine also became wedged against Haven bridge, I can't remember if it was manouvering and lost against the strong flood tide or wether it broke from its moorings.

Anyway it was well and truly stuck across the river and had to wait for the tide to ease before it could move.

I made a fisherman smile.....once!!

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More recently probably in the early/mid 90's a Ferry called the Belard got wedged accross the river at Bollard Quay (about half way down the harbour) after a Blackout (power failure) the bow was on the Gorleston side and the stern on the Yarmouth side. She was stuck there until the flood tide turned.

More recently again an Offshore supply vessel called Lowland Raider had a Bow thruster failure and ended up wedged against Haven bridge again until the tide turned. In 1997 I was Captain of the above vessel now named Scotsman and I will tell you I was very wary when manouvering in the vicinity of Town Quay.

Yarmouth Harbour is not for the faint hearted Gasp

Rod

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