That big boat off Crooklets …

Yes, I know it is a ship, but I liked the alliteration.

A new transatlantic data cable connecting North America and Europe from New York to Bude and down to Spain lands on Crooklets Beach this weekend. The ships can be seen in the bay, currently working on the cable further out to sea.

It was a good time to go and have a look last night while everyone was watching the football (well done, England). Shame I forgot to take a proper camera.

The beach was empty, dogs could run on Summerleaze and Middle Beach and the parking was free. Excellent.

Meanwhile, a bit of history was happening before our eyes.



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  • From Geraldine Pullin: Since seeing the debacle at the weekend I have watched a YouTube video about the inner
    workings of this cable layer ship Responder. It has the most amazing technology on board with
    sophisticated systems which will reportedly cope with any hazards or mishaps whilst at sea. It
    seems an irony to me that there were some basic loopholes where local knowledge and input
    could have been of more use!
    I wonder if the surfers or Surf Life Saving Club were consulted. They would have known about
    local riptides and eddies, rather than “getting in our way”; as was quoted, they could have advised.
    What about the local fishermen and potters? They understand how the sand shifts around our
    shore. Were the local National Coast Watch approached for a very local inshore water weather
    report on wind speed and direction? Did our town council get the chance to advise against
    dragging the incoming cable across a crowded beach at the height of a staycation season
    especially at a weekend?
    It would seem that the high tech abilities of the ship fell short of coping with ripe tides and strong
    winds so the cable was drifting towards Earthquake and neither the manpower nor the machinery
    on the beach could persuade it otherwise! The dredger which was trying to dig a trench in which
    the cable could lie found the sand back filling before the cable came to rest! Hence the job was
    abandoned, until September I believe. Mother Nature has still more power than all the modern
    gizmos which should have smoothed the way!

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