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No clear signs of any damage to Galicia today. There's possibly a slight scuff halfway up the white on the port stern corner, and maybe where the transom joins the main structure and belting.  

In which case you wouldn't need an anchor then! The anchor and chain work together to absorb loading by the anchored vessel and it's obviously best if the sresses are all in a straight line if po

Older ships would not have had Chinese ropes mooring them. Remember it's also made of Chinese Steel😞 

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1 minute ago, David Williams said:

I don't think that HMS Bristol can move.

Surely she can be towed can’t she?  I presume she must be taken away for dry docking occasionally (?).  Anyway, if she was in place, then how did Galicia miss her?  (Or did she?)

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4 minutes ago, Gareth said:

Anyway, if she was in place, then how did Galicia miss her?  (Or did she?)

Her draft is 6.4m, she hit the South Cardinal Pile and seabed, and along with her Bow Lines holding, she was lucky not to hit the Bristol.

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Sorry about assisting with the diversion on anchoring.

At no time did any of us suggest she could or should have used her anchors in this situation. (Well someone did further down).

There is a fantastic video of a Hurtigruten ship "tactically" using her anchor to slow down her wind driven charge sideways towards a quay, and help her to turn parallel to the quay, but posting it would entice further digression ....

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43 minutes ago, Gareth said:

Well, even if the bow had broken free, dropping the hook would have been next to useless in that sort of confined space.  

True but there would still be a chance hooking a shopping trolley or bike and slowing the inevitable. 

Luckily the tugs were available quickly. When I was a teenager we were always told that it was far easier getting a tug in Portsmouth than Southampton (due to naval needs) and that tradition seems true to this day. 

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44 minutes ago, daves_pad! said:

A while back Bristol was moved (and welded alongside) further up the jetty to improve manoeuvrability for ships into the port, so hopefully they didn’t collide 

Ah, that’s interesting Dave.  Do you know if Tony’s Google Earth photo shows her in the old position or the new one?  (If the photo shows her in her current position then it is difficult to see how Galicia missed her).

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4 hours ago, Cabin-boy said:

But surely it's the weight of the chain that is holding the ship in place and not the hope that the anchor is wedged between two rocks or embedded in the sand etc.

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Damage relatively minor.  Good to hear - though, of course, depends what “relatively” means.

One thing that certainly means is, there is damage.  Sending her across to Cherbourg tonight is (a) an important PR plus and (b) relatively low risk.  But I wonder whether they are giving any thought to taking her out of service (when the excitement has died down) and reactivating Pont Aven to take over her schedule while she is being repaired.

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Stern grounded though, so the question is whether there was any damage to rudder/props.  Nothing “major”, we know.  

Agreed, anything above the waterline is just cosmetic - but I suspect even “cosmetic” will matter to BF for the new pride of the fleet, upon which BF is clearly pinning its hopes for revival in fortunes.  They won’t let her go through the whole of next year with an ugly scratch.

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