A forty ton boat beacon which has been stranded on Formby beach since January 2007, has finally been dismantled and removed.
The boat beacon was built in 1929 at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast and was stranded during a winter storm in 2007. It was washed too far ashore for it to be refloated and taken back out to sea.
The removal operation was undertaken by Peel Ports, assisted by two boilermakers from North West Ship Repairs who were able to cut the enormous structure into sub-sections.
The Peel Ports harbour master Captain Gallimore is quoted by the Formby Times: “This kind of beacon, which is a floating navigational aid, is now arcane. You do not see them anymore.”