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Paddle Steamer MV Oliver Cromwell Destined For Coleraine Sinks Off Anglesey coast

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An iconic Gloucester paddle and riverboat hotel has sunk while it was being towed to her new home in Coleraine.

The MV Oliver Cromwell was moored in Gloucester Docks until she was put up for sale and sold.

On Wednesday she left Sharpness Docks after being spruced up for her new owner but she never made it to her latest home in Coleraine.

The Mississippi-style steamer started sinking about about 12 miles (19km) west of South Stack near Holyhead, Anglesey on Friday and Holyhead Coastguard was called just before 2pm, reports the BBC

English Holiday Cruises put the ship up for sale last year with a price tag of £245,000, and the steamer was heading to a new home in Coleraine.

It was first built as a Dutch barge in 1922 and was converted to a riverboat hotel in 1993.

The vessel’s namesake, Oliver Cromwell, led a brutal military campaign in Ireland between 1649 and 1653 that resulted in the loss of thousands of lives.

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