Scillonian Delayed After Crane Malfunctions

Hundreds of gig rowers were delayed on their journey back to the mainland yesterday when the Scillonian III crane malfunctioned.

This meant baggage for incoming and outgoing passengers had to be loaded by hand rather than being containerised as usual. Passengers were told what had happened and there would be a short delay.

The boat finally departed St Mary’s over an hour late at 7.30pm.

We understand that some gigs, including Charlestown’s Water Witch were not taken because of the problem.

Speaking from the boat, Falmouth rower Elaine Edmunds, told us that some passengers were upset that they would miss upcountry travel connections

The second sailing contained a number of radio, television and newspaper reporters travelling back after the World Pilot Gig Championships.

Last May Bank Holiday, journalists were also onboard and reported their own experiences when the first boat spent three hours circling Mounts Bay with 450 passengers on board, after weather conditions worsened.