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How not to lift a boat!

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I was in Avonmouth in the Wendy Ann in 1998 when the Thames Pleasure Boat King Arthur arrived on a huge low loader. The King Arthur was destined for Gloucester but was lifted into the water at the Royal Edward Dock by the 150 ton floating crane Bristol Giant. If you look closely at the position of the lifting slings you will see that the forward sling is almost amidships. As the King Arthur was being lifted off the trailer she took a progressively more pronounced head down attitude which should have told those doing the lifting that the load was seriously out of balance. It also placed most of the weight on one sling. I was watching the lift and stood well back, mindful that under such stress the sling could part when the full load came on it, however, they were lucky and got away with it and the King Arthur was successfully lifted into the water.

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