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Interesting shot...how many anchors did they drop to help towing the vessel back ?

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They use similar vessels to drop campers and their vehicles off on Fraser Island on the East coast of Australia. They don't use any anchors and work just behind a bar that has a fearsome current flowing as the tide turns, a pretty good piece of seamanship.
 

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They don't need anchors because the negative charge of the Elektron is attracted to the positive charge of all those stones.

By the way, that beach isn't a patch on St Kilda beach in Melbourne on a summer's day - watch out for white pointers there!

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To me it looks like this vessel have dropped 2 bow anchors and one stern anchor to help comming back again.

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I agree Ole, either that or one of the crew is using very strong fishing line!!!. LOL.
 

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If that's a fishing line....then this pic should have been uploaded in the fishing vessel gallery...LOL..

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When was this photograph taken? Was it before the grounding of the vessel and the subsequent 12 day salvage operation and tow back to Liverpool for drydocking and repair?
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Don't remember what year but it was the same year and before she grounded.
 

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She looks like she's already aground!! LOL
 

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Taken from the St. Kilda news http://www.kilda.org.uk/ArchiveNews.htm#elektron

MV Elektron Grounded in Village Bay

Until recently, the St Kilda base was supplied with food, fuel and other essentials by army landing crafts. Now the civilian craft, MV Elektron performs this function. The supplies are transported to St Kilda in summer and autumn, as it is impossible to land stores on the islands in winter, except by helicopter.

Bad weather delayed the last re-supply of St Kilda in 2000, but the Elektron finally beached in Village Bay at 11pm on Saturday 14 October 2000. Fuel and supplies were off-loaded but by 4am the next morning, very strong south-westerly winds arose which caused her to drag her kedge anchor as she tried to pull off.
The winds then rapidly turned her broadside to the ramp on the beach and she was lifted on to the boulder beach, her engine rooms swamped. Attempts to get the nine Serco staff and six crew ashore became so risky that the coastguard helicopter from Stornoway had to be summoned to complete the task.

The storm then caused damage to her hull which, fortunately, is especially strengthened. Monday dawned calm, however, allowing the salvage operators to drain 40,000 litres of fuel oil from the ship's own tanks into tanks ashore. The risk of pollution was further minimised when a crane working on St Kilda was positioned to lift off a further 7000 litres of lubricating oils and 25 barrels of waste oil from the base. The return of gale force winds on Tuesday pushed the Elektron a little further up the beach so the remaining gear and vehicles (including a council bin lorry!) were left on deck, and her empty tanks filled with sea water, to prevent her moving again.

On the next spring tides, on Friday 27 October, after one unsuccessful attempt, the Elektron was finally towed off the beach by the salvage tug at 8pm. However while the vessel was under tow to dry dock in Liverpool she experienced further difficulties in high seas and the salvage crew had to be airlifted off 30 miles south-west of Barra. A decision was made to divert to Belfast but then the stricken vessel developed a 20-degree list, so the local lifeboat had to deliver emergency pumping equipment before she eventually berthed safely.

The whole incident from beginning to end, in appalling weather conditions, was fraught with difficulty, but the professionalism of the personnel on St Kilda, the rescue services and the salvage team ensured that a major accident was averted.
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