Solway Harvester broken apart

The Solway Harvester, which sank 13 years ago, is to be broken up and dismantled by Christmas

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Full Report: The dismanteling of the Solway Harvester

The Solway Harvester sank in heavy seas off the Isle of Man nearly 14 years ago, killing all seven crew members.

The men were from the small fishing community at the Isle of Whithorn.

The boat has been kept in Douglas harbour, but work to dismantle it started this week and the vessel, a symbol of the tragedy, will be gone by Christmas.

Our reporters Matthew Taylor and Fiona McIlwraith have been gauging reaction in both the Isle of Man and in South West Scotland.

The last journey of the Solway Harvester

The Solway Harvester set off in the early morning of the 10 January 2000 carrying the seven strong crew from Isle of Whithorn.

By the afternoon of the next day the weather had turned so bad that skipper Andrew Mills turned the Solway Harvester towards the shelter of Ramsey Bay off the Isle of Man.

At half past five, the ship sent its final communication.

A quarter of an hour later a satellite picked up an emergency signal and a major search and rescue mission was launched.

The news turned grim on the 12th of January when 2 unopened life rafts were found, dashing all hope of finding anyone alive.

Three days later, the sunken ship was discovered, laying on the sea bed 115 feet down.

The bodies of all seven men were eventually found on board.

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Full Report: Work begins to raise the Solway Harvester

The break-up of the vessel involved in the region's worst fishing disaster for decades has begun in the Isle of Man.

The Solway Harvester sank nearly 14 years ago, with the loss of seven fishermen from South West Scotland.

It was raised by the Manx Goverment in 2000.

It has been kept at Douglas Harbour, in case it was needed as evidence for any legal cases. But the decision has now been made to scrap it.

Matthew Taylor reports:

Dismantling of Solway Harvester will be carried out 'sensitively'

Work is due to start on dismantling The Solway Harvester, which sank 13 years ago.

David Cretney, MHK, Minister For Infrastructure for Isle of Man, is in charge of the dismantling of the ship.

"Today marks the final chapter in the story of the Solway Harvester. The people of the Isle of Man and I'm sure the community of Isle of Whithorn are pleased that the process has finally begun. We can assure the relatives of those seven men who perished on board that the break up of the Solway Harvester will be carried out with the utmost sensitivity."

– David Cretney, MHK, Minister For Infrastructure for Isle of Man

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Solway Harvester to be broken up next week

The Solway Harvester which sank in 2000 Credit: PA

The Solway Harvester, which sank 13 years ago killing seven fishermen from South west Scotland, is to be broken up next week.

Demolition work will start on Monday.

The Laxey Towing Company has been awarded the contract for the work.

A spokesman for the Isle of Man government says the work will be carried out sensitively.

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