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1st February 2008, 08:13
Just heard the Spinningdale FD 29 http://www.trawlerphotos.co.uk/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=20012 is aground in Village Bay on St Kilda helicopter waiting for daylight to get the crew off and Stornoway lifeboat on the way.

1st February 2008, 08:52

On Radio Scotland a spokesman for SY coastgaurd said she was aground in heavy seas in Village Bay, which faces south east which is odd as its a good blast of northerly we're getting on Lewis just now.

Davie Tait
1st February 2008, 09:46
BBC News24 saying all 14 crew airlifted safely by SAR Helicopters

Davie Tait
1st February 2008, 15:18
^^(c) MCA

Davie Tait
1st February 2008, 16:02
Name SPINNINGDALE A473 , NOW Spinningdale FD29 - ashore St Kilda 1st/Feb/2008
Type TRAWLER , converted into longliner in late 1980ís , Spanish owned now
Date 1968
Yard Number: 355
Official Number : A16683
Callsign : MZUC
Engine number 425, Lister Blackstone type ERS6MG/R3 Average speed on trial 10.875 knots.495kw/664hp
Owner Bruces Stores (Aberdeen) Ltd and others (A473) , Williamina W Forbes & George Craig Aberdeen(1981), Seaward Fishing Services Aberdeen(1985), Robert Rawcliffe Fleetwood (FD29 pre conversion 1987), Burlort Ltd Milford Haven ( post conversion 199?- present )
Builder Lewis
Dimensions : 25.11m(82ft) Overall , 24.3m(79ft9) registered X 6.31m(21ft) X 2.44m(8ft)
Tonnage: 59GT 59NT later remeasured to 117.23GT 117.23NT later 169GT , 76NT

Davie Tait
5th February 2008, 11:32

5th February 2008, 11:46
good old national trust for scotland, lets not worry about the fact 14 people nearly lost their lives, but god forbid there may have been a rat on board that swam ashore, so we'll spend loads of money trying to catch one, just in case

what a strange world we live in these days

Davie Tait
5th February 2008, 11:52
Aye Mark very very true , but come on its all us "greedy fishermen" according to the Greenies that are the reason that sea birds are dieing off nothing to do with the FACT that because we did discard a lot of fish over the last 30 years that the sea birds are at an unnaturally large numbers and that due to us taking measures to limit discards the numbers are going back to the normal levels.

I don't know give me all the greenies and an old purser , we can fill the tanks with them tow it out to the middle of the Atlantic and pull the plug !!!!!

5th February 2008, 13:13
personally i`d put all the greenies out to the kilda with no food- and see then would they be so good to the wild fowl when faced with starvation they would just have to eat them like the kildans and a lot of other coastal people.

5th February 2008, 18:51
I have been wondering though, what is the likliehood of there being a rat, or rats as they implying, on a small vessel of this size, let alone it survivng the swim ashore. Any other skippers got rat problems??

seems about as likely to me as getting a hedgehog breeding licence on the uists!

Davie Tait
5th February 2008, 19:58
I agree there , the likelyhood of the Spinningdale having rats onboard is very VERY slim indeed as the Spanish companies know they have to keep the boats clear incase they get inspected by the UK inspectors and that the Spanish people wouldn't eat their fish if they even suspected that rats were aboard a boat.

No I don't think there would have been rats onboard , just SNH and the greenie brigade making trouble again:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:

5th February 2008, 20:26
The news keeps on twisting it slightly to make it sound at first listen that rats have escaped onto St Kilda, when there is no proof and the probability of them being on a boat this size must be pretty damn low. And to be fair to swampy and his mates- they probably just thought they had better check just encase, the media then got a hold of it and blew it up, now some empire builder in an office has set off the maroons and hey presto a nice wee story to winge on about to fill a few columns and waste some time for the next few weeks! When that ro/ro landing craft went up on the beach in village bay a few years ago nobody mentioned a rat!

Surely the fuel oil should be sorted out pronto?

Davie Tait
5th February 2008, 21:08
Fuel's all leaked out of her Donald. The fuel tanks in the Spinningdale ( the entire class ) are in the floors of the Engineroom 6t per side with a 1t day tank up in the top bulkhead as high up as possible in the aft side of the enginroom. The way she was being pounded on the rocks the bottom side tanks would have been ruptured within 10-15 minutes so the only fuel she will have left onboard will be in the day tank. The bad weather dispersed the fuel within a couple of hours , the only good thing the bad weather did !!

5th February 2008, 23:03
Pity there are no members on the island, first rat ashore, that would be a February photo of the month.....

5th February 2008, 23:50
you've got to remember people SNH and the RSPB's interests come first and foremost with SNH and the RSPB, lots of publicity for them, few extra donations from the chattering classes in surrey, another reason to ask for more lottery money, and gives them another stick to try and beat the working man with.

whats saddest of all is that give it 3 months and then try get the media to say to them "so how many rats have you found then and are you pleased to wasted all that soddin' money" they'll not be interested and snh wouldn't talk to them if they were

ho hum, come the revolution!

Bob Murphy
6th February 2008, 18:51
Judging by the battering she's getting there won't be much left to see shortly. :( There are some spectacular pics on the MCA website.

Kev Munro
6th February 2008, 20:13
Photos on the MCA website,



Davie Tait
6th February 2008, 22:54


7th February 2008, 17:18
I saw this photo on the M.C.A webb site

Davie Tait
7th February 2008, 20:04
Thats where its linked from seanetter , it will disappear if they remove the folder.


The Harbour Cat
7th February 2008, 21:21
would say more chance a mink than a rat !!!!!

12th February 2008, 23:25
well whaddya know, there's no rats to be found!


Davie Tait
14th February 2008, 12:16
Latest is that they are going to remove the wreck from the island. If they don't get a weather window long enough in the winter I can't see there being much left to remove if they get a couple of normal storms !!


Davie Tait
24th February 2008, 10:40
Sub wreck firm to remove trawler

A salvage giant involved in the recovery of a Russian nuclear submarine has been appointed to remove a trawler grounded on Hirta, St Kilda.

Mammoet recovered the wreck of the Kursk, which sank in August 2000 with the loss of 118 crew.

The Dutch company carried out a feasibility study into removing and disposing of the Spinningdale, its cargo, stores and fuel.

The fishing boat became wedged between rocks and cliff three weeks ago.

The crew was airlifted to safety.

Confirming Mammoet's appointment by the vessel's underwriters, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said a scan had shown its hull has been breached.

Davie Tait
18th March 2008, 14:31

21st March 2008, 16:24

Davie Tait
29th March 2008, 12:47

2nd April 2008, 00:40
I guess someone was holding the photographers belt when he took this one!


Davie Tait
9th July 2009, 21:08

A salvage team have begun dismantling piece-by-piece a trawler that wrecked on St Kilda more than a year ago.

The Spinningdale ran aground on rocks on Hirta, the main island of the archipelago, in a storm last February.

Its crew were airlifted to safety by a coastguard helicopter. Traps were later set amid fears rats - an animal not found on St Kilda - were on the boat.

The arrival of an articulated lorry on the islands to aid in the salvage operation is believed to be a first.

It was the onset of a violent winter storm that brought the Spanish-owned and crewed fishing boat to St Kilda's shores on 1 February, 2008.

The wreck will be safely and systematically dismantled, restoring the St Kilda seascape to its picturesque best
Susan Bain
NTS property manager

Its rusting hulk has lain on the foreshore of Hirta since then.

The crew had sought shelter behind Hirta when their vessel suffered engine failure.

Strong tides and winds gusting up to 60mph forced it aground on rocks at the foot of cliffs, leading to the rescue by helicopter of the 14 crew.

They were winched one-by-one from the trawler's deck as waves battered the boat against the rocks.

Although a feared environmental disaster was averted by pumping thousands of litres of fuel and oil from the vessel, the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) wanted its 170 tonne hull removed from the dual Unesco World Heritage site.

A decision to salvage the wreck last year was put off, but in the past few weeks a team of Spanish salvers have arrived on Hirta and have started to remove the Spinningdale piece-by-piece, slicing their way through its steel using oxy-acetylene.

The pieces are being dragged along the shore by cables and winch and then loaded on to an articulated lorry.

Delicate environment

If the weather is favourable, the job is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.

The steel will be shipped from the island using the specialist freighter Elektron which can beach on a tiny strip of sand in Village Bay and lower ramps onto the beach.

The salvage operation, which was instructed by the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA), involves a crew of eight from Semac Salvage.

During the work the team will stay on Hirta.

NTS said the operation was started after the Spinningdale worked itself free of its grounding site and there were concerns of possible damage to the coastline and the pier.

The wreckage will be stored on Hirta, before being transported to the mainland in October.

Property manager Susan Bain said the trust's priority was to protect the islands' delicate marine environment and wildlife.

She said: "There is no doubt that removal of the wreckage is the best option.

"Allowing the ship to break up on its own could have caused damage to the coastline and structures, as well as passing boats.

"Instead, the wreck will be safely and systematically dismantled, restoring the St Kilda seascape to its picturesque best."

10th July 2009, 00:37
What have the greenies found to p*ss money away on now?...

Don't see any other total constructive losses like that being removed. :confused:

I thought it added to the scenery actually gave those rocks a bit of character :rolleyes:

Davie Tait
8th September 2009, 15:25

A salvage team has successfully removed the wreck of a fishing boat from waters off the coast of St Kilda.

The Spinningdale ran aground on rocks near Hirta, the biggest island in the St Kilda archipelago, during storms in February 2008.

There had been concern the presence of the rusting hulk could harm St Kilda's delicate environment.

A team of eight from Spanish contractor Semac Salvage has now completed moving the cut up trawler onto pallets.

They were sent to St Kilda in June by the National Trust for Scotland, which owns the world heritage site.

The pieces will be sent for recycling in North Queensferry next week, weather permitting.

The National Trust for Scotland said the only visible evidence left of the wreck was a rusty stain where it ran aground. It is hoped that will soon be washed away.

There had previously been concern that rats from the Spinningdale could invade St Kilda, threatening internationally important colonies of sea birds.

Fears were also raised the fishing boat could lose thousands of litres of fuel, and contaminate nearby beaches.