COLLAPSE OF LINK SPAN AT DIEPPE

A tragic incident for the route.

By Mick Cutler

In the early hours of 4th October, 1981, Senlac was discharging at Dieppe when, without any warning, the linkspan collapsed. A Spanish lorry was thrown into the harbour, killing its driver.

All Newhaven-Dieppe services were immediately suspended, though some passenger-only crossings were subsequently made. A month or so later, vehicle services resumed using the ro-ro berth in Dieppe's inner harbour. It would be almost six months before the main ramp was re-opened for normal services to resume.

Photo:Collapse of Dieppe Linkspan in which a Spanish Lorry went under the ship killing the driver.

Collapse of Dieppe Linkspan in which a Spanish Lorry went under the ship killing the driver.

Mick Cutler

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This page was added by Mick Cutler on 02/04/2010.
Comments about this page

I remember the reports of this incident happening at this time, but these pictures graphically illustrate this ro/ro linkspan collapse where this tragic accident occured. It would appear that both Dieppe and Newhaven, had their traumatic ro/ro link failures, that at Newhaven being when the M.V. Versailles,( Later 'STENA LONDONER') collided with the original linkspan in which it was demolished!!

March 1995, Chris. She was already Stena Londoner by then. Thankfully, it was pride that was the main casualty in our case. Andy-Editor

By Chris Young
On 03/04/2010

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