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A Bridge too far.

A Bridge too far.

The German owned general cargo ship "Lagik" was trying to turn, approaching her berth at Sutton Bridge U.K. when the tide in the River Nene did the rest.
The salvors could have taken the accomodation off leaving a good pontoon bridge, but the upriver port of Wisbech wanted its channel cleared.

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The LAGIK (76/1721 grt) went aground at 7-30 p.m. on December 13th 2000.She had a cargo of 2,500 tons of steel which she had brought from Norway.
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I have been there a week or two before this happen, we have swung the ship before entering the channel and then we made few miles stern first. Still I think this is the best option for Sutton Bridge, providing ship has bow thruster. My had just 90 BHP.
 

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Always a tricky place, there used to be a section cut out of the bank just below the port of Wisbech where you could tuck your bow in and let the tide bring the stern around and then back up to the berth. On spring tides, there is still some tide flow up stream up to two hours after high water. A few other ships have been left straddled across the river over the years. Rowbotham's Tillerman was a victim in the mid 1960s, leaving her permanently sagged by 2.5 inches.
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