Originally Posted by CDCD
The presumed death of the men was registered as January 1966. The tugboat was the Flying Wizard. One of the men who were lost were lost was Alex MacNeil who had just moved from Barra as his wife was at teacher training college in Glasgow. There deaths were registered by the marine authorities. I know Alex’s body was never found as I was very friendly with his widow who died just over a year ago at the age of 94.
If indeed it was FLYING WIZARD, then she appears to have been unfortunate as she went under again in 1971
FLYING WIZARD (1960 - 1971)
O.N. 304148. 112g. 26.90 x 7.04 x metres.
8-cyl. 4 S.C.S.A. (320 x 450mm) Deutz type oil by Kloeckner-Humboldt-Deutz, Koeln, geared to a fixed pitch propeller. 1,060 bhp. 15 tons bollard pull.
9.6.1960: Launched by J. L. Thompson & Sons Ltd., North Sands, Sunderland (Yard No. 249) for the Clyde Shipping Company Ltd., Glasgow.
8.11.1971: Sank off Greenock, whilst assisting the Dutch cargo vessel GAASTERDYK, (7,222g. /60) into the container terminal.
28.11.1971: Raised, declared a constructive total loss, and sold to Pounds Shipowners & Shipbreakers Ltd., Portsmouth. Subsequently reconditioned and repaired for owners own use.
1975: Renamed TOWING WIZARD.
11.1978: Sold to Makedonia II Shipping Co., (Michael Gigilinis Shipping Company, managers), Greece, and renamed ALEXANDROS.
12.1978: Whilst on her delivery voyage from Portsmouth to Greece, suffered engine failure and was towed from off the Channel Islands to Plymouth by the Tribal class frigate H.M.S. MOHAWK.
1999: North Aegean Consortium for Towage & Salvage, appointed as managers.
7.11.2002: Foundered off Thessaloniki with the loss of one life.