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Report - MV Chica ship wreck, River Weaver, cheshire, Feb 2014

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by The Kwan, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. The Kwan

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    Not stricly UE and a lovely sunday stroll but thought I would post it anyway as it has some interesting History, Visited with Georgie and Telf, thanks to Georgie for the invite and legwork.

    This wreck has some fascinating history and started life in 1894 as a cargo barge in Norway and was commandeered by the German Navy during the occupation of Norway in WW2 and after the war found herself running guns in the Mediterranean and finally smuggling cigarettes and tobacco across the straights of Gibralter only to find herself as part of the fishing fleet in Liverpool bay in 1950 and in 1981 she was bought by a businessman to run cruises up and down the river weaver but during a period of inactivity in 1993 she started taking on water and with nobody onboard to operate the bilge pumps she listed and her fate was sealed and she has not moved since and can still be seen sticking out of the water and now part of the scenery.

    This is how she looked when she sank almost twenty five years ago picture from Andy coles

    A flyer from her cruising days

    The MV Chica in her resting place and being taken back by the river Weaver, 73.3 ft long, 20.6 ft beam, 8.8 ft draft

    And today, a pretty sad end for such a stoic old girl.

    From a stern, she has bares the name MV Chica Liverpool

    I poked my camera through a porthole and got a shot of the inside wardroom, check the collapsed roof

    from the aft end remain some funnels and some nice mariner type benches

    Telf went onboard and we were waiting for his 18 stones to fall through the rotten deck but turns out that he is a bit dainty on his feet :)

    What time is it? Thought he was trying to beam himself up but turns out Georgie was getting to grips with his wireless gopro....poser :)

    Nearby were some gorgeous sandstone sluice gates and we couldnt help but have a look

    on the gates

    el gruppo shot
    Thanks for looking

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