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EXPLORE THE SUGAR BOAT

While moored on the River Clyde on the 27th January 1974 waiting to unload its cargo of raw east African sugar for the Tate & Lyle refinery in Greenock, the MV Captayannis was battling a storm of 60 mph gusts.

The ship drifted into anchor chains of another vessel, subsequently causing a catastrophic hole in the hull. By heading the ship towards a sandbar, the Captain was able to save his 30-strong crew.

She settled at a 90 degree angle to the water where she has remained ever since. Over the years, she has become a haven for various birds and sea-life animals who have made home in the wreckage. This trip gives you the opportunity to see this wildlife up close and get within touching distance of the Sugar Boat.

The wreck has become a landmark of the River Clyde and provides a unique opportunity to explore a piece of history from our local area. The ship has been stripped of valuable metals and fittings over the years, though some of her wooden decking remains in remarkably good condition after more than 40 years in the sea.

"We had a great trip out to the Sugar Boat.. the guys were fantastic. You get up close and personal and for the money this is a must do. Excellent hour spent on the Tonka. Looking forward to another trip soon. Highly recommend and a big yes from us."

- Janice Mackenzie