On the Cliff Walk, which starts near the Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, Co. Waterford and continues along the cliffs for about 40 minutes, I found an amazing sight. It was, The Samson.
The Samson was a floating crane-ship which was under tow from Liverpool to Valetta, Malta and on 11th December just off the Welsh coast, the towline snapped in a force 6 to 7 south easterly gale. The crane ship ended up on the rocks at Ardmore near Rams Head on 12th December around 8am.
The two crew men on board the crane barge were rescued by an RAF Sea King helicopter from Brawdy in Wales.
It makes an impressive sight as you walk along the cliff – almost an eerie sight as it is so out of place with what you would expect to see. If you want to see what the Samson Crane was like before it was wrecked, you can find it on the Flickr website at
Photo Location : The Samson Crane