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Crane barge

Craig writes:
'Two pics taken on a poor quality digital camera around five years ago on Hoy.One shows an old barge fitted with a crane, was it used for the salvage work of the German fleet? or during the second world war? The other is a building with Red Cross marking on it, maybe a sickbay or hospital during WW2? Any other info appreciated.'
Picture added on 02 August 2005
This quote is from Salvage in the 70's written by Douglas Campbell who took over from Arthur Nundy. I think this is the vessel referred to.
"Our next heavy lift vessel, was the GWR 30, a coal fired steam, stiff leg crane, with a safe working load of 50tons at a 62ft outreach, an ideal tool for lifting armour plate which also had the great advantage of being able to load any coaster which we chartered to ship the armour to Germany or elsewhere. One drawback was that it was not self propelled so we had to hire a fishing boat or the Kirkwall owned coaster the Elwick Bay to tow us out to the wrecks."
Added by w watters on 28 August 2005
it should be taken out in to scapaflow and sunk for divers to dive on as a new site, as it is part of the salvage of the highseas fleet
Added by Allan Stanger on 26 October 2007
Does anyone know who owns it ?
Added by John on 12 November 2011
Far as I know it still belongs to a guy called Tom Clarke
Added by Allan Besant on 12 November 2011
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