Amelia Island revealed . . .

Jennifer Harrison
October 31, 2020

“Heavy Lift Vessel” Old Town photo courtesy of Jennifer Harrison


Editor’s Note: The Harrisons came from the UK to the USA in 1980 and lived in Colorado for eight years. Jennifer obtained her Master’s Degree at CU and her Ph.D. from UF when they moved to Gainesville Florida.They bought property in Old Town in the 1990s, built a home there in 2001 and are now in the process of building a new home.  We thank Jennifer Harrison for her contribution to the Fernandina Observer.

It was an exciting day on Monday in Old Town when the “Heavy Lift Vessel” traveled back up the Amelia River to rescue the Golden Ray which capsized in September of 2019. Its destination is  St. Simons Sound where it will be used to dismantle the Golden Ray cargo ship which capsized in September of 2019. For almost four months, the crane was docked at the Port of Fernandina.

According to the U. S. Coast Guard, “The heavy-lift vessel VB10,000 arrives at the Golden Ray wreck site on Oct. 27, 2020. The vessel will be used to cut and lift the wreck sequentially into eight sections to be placed on barges and dry docks inside the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB).”

Video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Himes

U.S. Coast Guard District 7 PADET Jacksonville