SO6804 : Remains of tanker barges "Arkendale H" and "Wastdale H"

taken 3 years ago, near to Purton, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

Remains of tanker barges "Arkendale H" and "Wastdale H"
Remains of tanker barges "Arkendale H" and "Wastdale H"
This photo shows the two tanker barges, operated by John Harker Ltd, which got into difficulties in fog on the night of 25th October 1960 while trying to access Sharpness docks. They were caught by the tide and hit one of the bridge piers, resulting in the collapse of two spans of the bridge. Wastdale H (nearest the camera) was carrying over 300 tons of petroleum, which ignited; the fire was further fuelled by Arkendale H's cargo of 300 tons of black oil. The barges came to rest on a sandbank just upstream of the bridge, where the following morning they were scuttled by the army to prevent them being refloated and causing a danger to shipping, much to the annoyance of John Harker Ltd who claimed that they could have easily been salvaged and put back into service.
This picture has some resonance for me as I'm descended from John Harker on my mother's side.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 21 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 22 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Estuary, Marine 
Place (from Tags)
Purton 
Primary Subject of Photo
Barge 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 6812 0418 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:44.1249N 2:27.7831W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 6861 0434
View Direction
West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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