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Sunday 3rd November 2013

P61 Samuel Beckett was successfully floated out of the Babcock Appledore shipyard today. Stone ship due early hours for Yelland Quay.

P61 Samuel Beckett was successfully floated out of the Babcock Appledore covered building yard  this afternoon at about 1650 hrs watched by a hundred or more local and official people and given a musical sendoff by a local brass band.
The weather had been atrocious and would have caused the operation to be aborted, but as luck would have it a lull in the wind and a complete change in direction allowed the operation to go ahead.
The WillAnne from Williams shipping based in Milford Haven and the Lundy Puffin tugs smoothly towed the sleek nearly finished vessel to her completion berth at the new quay yard Appledore. TDC Pilots were co ordinating movement  operations with the shipyard ably organising the whole operation.
The ship is 90 metres long 14 metres wide and very sleek in underwater profile.
It was important that the ship vacated the dock, since the second vessel's already fabricated sections, are  to be put in her place tomorrow, Monday.SamBeckettNov13
Normans photo of P61 edging out of the dock floating for the first time

mv Ulrike G will arrive for the am Monday ttide at Yelland. TDC Pilots will leave Bideford quay at 0415 hrs to meet the ship. Weather conditions have not been good, so the ship will arrive close to high water at her present speed.