REGARDING MR FRY’S QUERY FOR INFORMATION on the ship which is lying wrecked outside Arrecife in the August 2009 issue of Sea Breezes. The ship was built in the Caledon shipyard in Dundee and was launched in 1953 as the 8,003 ton motor ship Temple Hall.
The Caledon ship yard closed in 1981 though I am sure that the Dundee archives will have records. The Temple Hall changed her name to Pantellus in 1969, it was changed to its final name of Telemon in 1977.
While on a voyage between San Pedro, (Ivory Coast) to Thessaloniki (Greece) with a cargo of tree trunks, the ship started to leak off the Island of Lanzarote. She managed to make the port of Arrecife on the 31st October 1981. It was subsequently towed out of the harbour by a Fishing Boat to the beach outside Arrecife. A point of interest about this wreck is that in 2009 a sculpture was made with three of the tree trunks. It is situated at a roundabout in Costa Teguise, though on seeing it you will notice four trunks, one of the trunks broke in two and both halves were put into the sculpture.
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