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Photographer:George Pennington [View profile]Title:WALLASEYAdded:Jul 24, 2005
Photo Category: Tugs
The 'Wallasey', see remarks for a few notes on this incident.


George. 8-)
Vessel Identification
Name:Karapiperis 14
Former name(s):
- Wallasey (Until 1996 Nov)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Tug
Gross tonnage:271 tons
Summer DWT:203 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1977
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Photo Comments (2)

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Stan Muller on Jul 24, 2005 20:58 (13 years ago)
Great photo George
George Pennington on Jul 24, 2005 16:18 (13 years ago)
On 27th March 1987, the Wallasey left Liverpool bound for Ardisier in Scotland. At the time that she left the weather was, winds gusting to severe storm force with very heavy sea & swell.

At 16.10 hrs, a garbled mayday was broadcast over the company channel and upon hearing this it was relayed to Liverpool M.R.S.C, who immediately issued a Mayday Relay for info on the Wallasey. Weather conditions being broadcast by Mersey Radio was W - NW 9 - 10, gusting 11 with very heavy seas.

At 16.22, the Connacht was heading for shelter at Holyhead and stated that they had lost a target on the radar that appeared to be outside the main channel.

16.35 The Buffalo reports Wallasey aground outside the main channel with life-raft in water and flares being sent up.

16.55 The Collingwood arrives at scene and re-establishes contact with Wallasey on private channel.

16.57 A helicopter from 22sqd Valley arrives at scene and the winch-man is placed on board.

17.25 M.R.S.C orders evacuation of Wallasey and all crew are removed and flown to M.R.S.C.

17.50 MR cancelled, seelonce finee.

This was not the end of the saga. The Wallasey was shadowed overnight by the Indomitable and during the early hours on the rising tide she demolished one of the famous landmarks into the Mersey, the mast of the PEGU before coming to rest on the beach at the rear of Altcar Ranges.
A crew was put on board on the Sunday evening in preparation to re-float her which took several more days.

Now working in Greece as the 'Karipiperis 14'.


George. 8-)
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