‘a boat on its side’

is a bronze relief sculpture by chris coleman-smith


On the night of January 27, 1974, a severe gale hit the West coast. The MV Captayannis, moored at the Tail of the Bank with a cargo of sugar, began to drag anchor.

The Norden


The anchor chain of the British Light, a 36,ooo ton tanker, ripped through the ship’s hull. The boat reached a sandbank but tipped over, settling port side down.

The MV Captayannis


The sugar boat remains in the Firth of the Clyde, with the gentle curve of its hull rising above sea level as a landmark visible from Helensburgh and from the surrounding area.

The Sugar Boat