The Samson Crane
The Samson Crane was a floating crane-ship which was under tow from Liverpool, UK to Valetta, Malta. On 11th December just off the Welsh coast, the towline snapped in a force 7 south easterly gale. The crane ship floated for many miles and eventually ended up on the rocks at Ardmore near Rams Head on 12th December around 8am.
On 7th Jan 2011 I uploaded my first shot of the Samson, click here to read it, but on a walk this weekend I saw that the crane is starting to disintegrate. The big winch arm has fallen into the sea. The bent metal of the Samson on the remains of the crane show a large impact as the winch arm must have smashed onto the rest of the structure.
You can see the shots below of how the Samson floating crane in Ardmore looks today.