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Tall Ship in Holyhead Declared 'Wreck' after Suffering 'Horrendous Pounding' in Storm

24th May 2021
The 100ft vessel got into difficulties earlier this month at Holyhead breakwater and endured even more damage after 70mph gales hit the North Wales coast on Thursday and Friday The 100ft vessel got into difficulties earlier this month at Holyhead breakwater and endured even more damage after 70mph gales hit the North Wales coast on Thursday and Friday Credit: NorthWalesLive-twitter

Off the north Wales coast a historic vessel which got into difficulties has now been declared a "wreck" after suffering further damage in stormy weather.

The 100ft tall ship Zebu, which dates back to the 1930s, was towed into the Port of Holyhead on May 13 after suffering "navigational difficulties" off the coast while on a voyage to Bristol for conservation work.

But days later it had been left at a 45 degree angle after drifting onto rocks and the ship had to be abandoned.

Initially, it was hoped that the damage was not as bad as previously feared, but recent stormy weather had caused "further devastating damage" to the ship (alongside a breakwater). 

A statement from the owners said: "For the entire day and throughout the night through until Friday morning, tall ship Zebu was subjected to a horrendous pounding from both wind and sea.

More from NorthWalesLive here.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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