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Title:LOCH SEAFORTH SALVAGE BY MAGNUS III, TIREE, SCOTLAND [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 2831
Other titles:COLLECTION OF SALVAGE FILMS AND PROJECTION PRINTS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Silent unedited film showing the salvage of the stricken steam ship MV Loch Seaforth, one of the mailboats serving the island of Stornaway, being salvaged at Tiree in 1973.
Description: MV Loch Seaforth lies semi-submerged; funnel, wheelhouse and mast above water. Magnus III, a giant floating crane, approaches. Views on board the salvage vessel with its giant winching gear and boom arm. The salvage supervisor climbs a ladder to the top of the boom to take stock of the situation; camera also looks down on the sunken ship. A frogman submerges to check below the waterline. The lifting operation begins and the ship slowly rises; the tug Argus assists alongside. Salvage crew pose for the camera. After raising, the Magnus III, pulled by Argus, tows the Loch Seaforth away from the pier. (She was later grounded on a nearby beach for some hasty repairs). On shore, the salvage crew gather before departing in a BEA Scottish Short SC7 Skyvan (G-BAIT).
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 700 ft (ca); Running time: 14 mins
Notes: Summary: MV Loch Seaforth had run aground at Cleit Rock on 22 March 1973, and the passengers were evacuated. She was apparently still seaworthy, so was towed to Gott Bay to be inspected. However, while there, she sank, blocking the Tiree pier for several weeks until, on 11 May, the Magnus III arrived to raise the vessel and grounded her. She was temporarily repaired prior to being towed away for scrap.