This detailed information in from Graham, our shipping expert across in Torbay:
Those pipes that were being towed up and down past Maidencombe by the
Island Kestrel actually belonged to another tug called the GPS Avenger. The
pipes came from the Norwegian port of Rafnes and are being towed to Arzew in
Algeria. The GPS Avenger had a spot
of bother on Tuesday evening! Having recovered the pipes, the GPS Avenger
rendezvoused with the Island Kestrel in the middle of Lyme Bay at about 1900 on
Wednesday. It would appear that the Island Kestrel then took over the tow
(whether it was all 9 pipes or only 5 as alluded to in the Herald Express
article below, I don’t know) and headed towards Torquay while the GPS Avenger
headed for Portland Port – presumably for some kind of repair. It left Portland
just before midday yesterday and rendezvoused with the Island Kestrel off
Maidencombe at about 1600. The tow was presumably then transferred back to the
GPS Avenger and it then resumed its journey to Arzew where it is due at 1800
next Wednesday. The Island Kestrel, which was definitely ‘pipeless’ when I saw
it just before 1700, headed into Brixham Harbour and moored alongside one of the
fish quays. It left there just after 0200 this morning bound for Plymouth where
it arrived just before 0700. It was still there the last time I looked.
So the mystery which had coast spotters in a spin is solved .
We do get our share of adventures and misadventures in Babbacombe Bay, don't we!