Whaling ship lists in Clarence
The 1200-tonne anti-whaling ship the Bob Barker took a tilt for the worse on Wednesday when an attempt to slip the boat ashore at the Harwood Slipway went awry.
Things went wrong for the vessel when one of the main support arms of the slipway cradle broke under the pressure of the vessel. The broken arm jammed the wheels of the cradle, leaving the Bob Barter stranded half-way up the slip, on a 20 degree list.
At this stage there is no indication that any damage has been done to the Bob Barker, and work is being done this morning to remove the broken arm from the cradle to free-up the trolley assembly. It is expected the boat will be refloated in the Clarence River later today.
The Bob Barker is in port to undergo a full-exterior re-paint.
The 1200-tonne Norwegian built vessel was part of the Antarctic harpoon fleet used to hunt whales before the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society put the boat to work as part of its whale defense operations.