Isle of Man News - POSTED Tue 14-01-2014

Final chapter in Solway Harvester tragedy

by Joanne Clague

Final chapter in Solway Harvester tragedy - picture

The wreck of the Solway Harvester will be removed from Douglas harbour this week, ending a saga that began almost a decade and a half ago.


Seven young fishermen lost their lives when the scallop dredger sank in stormy seas 11 miles off the coast of the Isle of Man on January 11, 2000.


The tragedy devastated the Whithorn community and strong links were forged with the Isle of Man when the Manx Government paid to retrieve the bodies of the men and then to lift the Solway Harvester from the seabed.


A memorial to the men was erected on Douglas Head.


The wreck has remained in Douglas harbour throughout lengthy court and inquest proceedings. Now, the government says it can be scrapped and the work is due to be completed this week.


Captain Steve Carter of the Laxey Towing Company said that, weather permitting, the final piece of the boat is due to be lifted from the harbour during Thursday's high tide.

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