Get all your news in one place.
100’s of premium titles.
One app.
Start reading
Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo
Remy Greasley

Plans being drawn up to salvage sinking boat in Canning Dock

A boat is almost entirely submerged in water after it started to sink last month.

A salvage operation is currently being put together out after the France Hayhurst, a tugboat moored at the Canning Dock next to One Mann Island, began to sink at the beginning of last month. The boat was previously moored at the Royal Albert Dock for over a decade, though was moved shortly after it began to sink to the nearby Canning Dock.

An area around the boat has been cordoned off for the safety of the public. The owner of the boat, Cathy Roberts, once told the ECHO she moved to the boat from her previous four bed terraced house.

READ MORE: Concert Square sex attacker is spared jail

Pictures show the boat just peeking out of the water, having almost entirely sunk in the space of just under a month. A cordon is visible in place beside the entrance to the Albert Dock from the Strand, just opposite the Hilton hotel.

The boat began to sink on Tuesday, December 6 last year (Liverpool Echo)

A statement given to the ECHO from the Canal & Rivers Trust said: "A privately-owned boat, named the France Hayhurst, currently moored in Canning Dock, has taken on water and started to sink. The Canal & River Trust, Blue Point Marine Services and Royal Albert Dock estate team have contained the vessel and cordoned off the area for public safety.

"Enviro booms are also in place to protect the waters.

The cordoned-off quayside around the France Hayhurst boat (Liverpool Echo)

"The vessel, originally built in 1937 as a River Weaver Navigation service boat, has been moored in Albert Dock for more than a decade, but started to sink on 6th December. As a precaution, staff from the Canal & River Trust charity moved it to Canning Dock before the festive holiday, to avoid noise from large salvage pumps disturbing residents and hotel guests, and potential damage to the pontoon.

"The Trust, which manages the water space in the docks, is currently working with the owner to organise a salvage plan."

Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here


Living on a house boat: what you need to know

Updates as major Liverpool road closed after crash

Live updates as police cordon off woodland in Sefton Park

Man's face slashed with pint glass at city centre bar as CCTV appeal issued

18 criminals given long stretches by the courts

Sign up to read this article
Read news from 100’s of titles, curated specifically for you.
Already a member? Sign in here
Related Stories
Top stories on inkl right now
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Already a member? Sign in here
Our Picks
Fourteen days free
Download the app
One app. One membership.
100+ trusted global sources.