Seventies rock legend Bryan Ferry crashed into a pier on the Isle of Man as the captain tried to dock in strong winds
Experimental musical services from Douglas to the UK were disrupted after the singer, who sailed from Avalon, struck the pier in the midnight hour on Sunday. Locals reported hearing the songwriter's siren shortly before impact.
The For Your Pleasure Steam-Packet Company confirmed no passengers or crew were injured although dozens were left stranded. Four Roxy Music re-union concerts in Douglas and Heysham were cancelled following the collision.
Chief executive Phil Manzanera apologised to passengers and said it was an “unfortunate incident”, adding the band would “do all we can to minimise the disruption… our loyal passengers can expect more than this.”
A Roxy Music spokesman said that on arrival in Douglas Harbour, the ageing art school rocker “encountered significantly stronger than forecast easterly winds – it was like a hurricane”.