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SUBSEA 7

HeavyTorque Issue Ten: Subsea 7

THE BIG TOW: FROM WICK TO WESTER

THERE IS A 38-YEAR TRADITION OF ABNORMAL ROAD TRANSPORTATIONS IN THE EXTREME NORTH OF SCOTLAND BETWEEN TWO RATHER UNLIKELY LOCATIONS. SINCE THE LATE 1970S, OVER 160 LARGE SUBSEA TOWHEADS HAVE NEGOTIATED A PARTICULARLY CHALLENGING ROUTE, ATTRACTING WIDESPREAD MEDIA ATTENTION. JOHN MALCOLM TRACKED THE LATEST TRANSIT.

PHOTOGRAPHY: NEWSLINE MEDIA

Wick is a quiet coastal town with a historic harbour which has witnessed some spectacular sights down through the years. Developed in the 1800s to berth the huge local fishing fleet of over 1,100 vessels, harbour traffic peaked with a record landing of over 50 million fish in two busy days in 1900. The fishing fleet has long gone, and today the harbour is mainly used by leisure and light cargo vessels.

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