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Solway Harvester: Crewmen remembered on 20th anniversary of sinking

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Seven crewmen who lost their lives when the scallop dredger Solway Harvester sank in Isle of Man waters have been remembered on the 20th anniversary of the tragedy.

The men, from the Isle of Whithorn area of Dumfries and Galloway, died when the vessel went down off the coast of Douglas on 11 January 2000.

Chief Minister Howard Quayle said the loss was "still being mourned".

Manx fishermen, the RNLI and coastguard attended the ceremony on Douglas Head.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-51067732

 

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I remember standing by the side of Ramsey Harbour with hundreds of others when the recovered vessel was being towed into the harbour. You could have heard a pin drop.

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Yes, I was there too. There were a few tears and lumps in the throat that day, very poignant.

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It was a remarkable thing that the Isle of Man Government did. 

I'm not sure the same attention would be afforded today. It was pretty much unprecedented at the time. 

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15 minutes ago, Derek Flint said:

It was a remarkable thing that the Isle of Man Government did. 

I'm not sure the same attention would be afforded today. It was pretty much unprecedented at the time. 

I could be way off the mark here but my recollection was it was a Willy waving exercise over the Scottish government who had been dragging their feet over the whole affair.

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15 minutes ago, finlo said:

I could be way off the mark here but my recollection was it was a Willy waving exercise over the Scottish government who had been dragging their feet over the whole affair.

And because some were convinced at the time of reported unauthorized sub movements in our waters being linked to a few mysterious shipping incidents. 

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Like everyone I remember it being tied up in douglas. What happened to it in the end? I'm sure I read something that it was taken back to sea and sunk but could be wrong

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24 minutes ago, thommo2010 said:

Like everyone I remember it being tied up in douglas. What happened to it in the end? I'm sure I read something that it was taken back to sea and sunk but could be wrong

It was chopped up into bite sized pieces I think courtesy of Captain Carter?

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