Is'nt it possible that the topping lift parted with an overweight load?.
I have experienced it a few times..
If the derrick was being lowered surely it would have been laying
fore and aft as the guys would have held it in that position.
On Flowergate 1960's a derrick topping lift carried away and the gooseneck
shattered as the derrick crashed down accross the end coaming.
Incredibly the derrick stowed itself in the port side of the tween deck...
Daleby also had a topping lift carry away while lowering a heavy log
into a lighter...the heel came clear of the goose neck and the derrick hit the
side of the lighter and then into the dock.
A few dockers went home with brown underwear!!!
Thanks for that Geoff..
As I mentioned,I had experienced many derricks coming down.
The worst was at Tilbury on Elder Dempster's Oti on 10th May 1957.
I was working alongside my pal Norman Elvin when a derrick came
down...Norman received severe injuries to his head and died in hospital
a few hours later..RIP.
The chain stopper failed to grip the wire and it crashed down before the
topping lift could be put on the bits...
if i remember right on the assiout,there was no chain stopper,but a plate with a chain attatched and to raise or lower you put the rope on the drum end and moved the derrick in position the shackled the chain back on when in position mabe wrong i dont know rgds
As blobby describes it,it is a single span with rope purchase to raise the derrick then a chain
shackled from a monkey face to the deck -no sign of that in the photo.
The fallen derrick has a wire topping lift with a double and single block.