THIS week’s look into our archives takes us back 12 years - when an investigation was set to be launched after a container ship ran aground off Greenock Esplanade.

The Dutch-registered Encounter was being backed into the Ocean Terminal when it became stuck on a sandbank.

The vessel, with 12 crew on board, went ashore about 400 yards west of the terminal and 150 yards from the Esplanade wall.

No one was hurt and the 135-metre, 7,642-tonne ship refloated just over two hours later on the incoming tide — with the help of two tugs — and was berthed at the terminal.

Clydeport said an investigation would be conducted by its marine division into the cause of the grounding.

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Meanwhile, a champion boxer from Greenock dedicated his title win to his late grandad, who inspired him to take up the sport.

Larkfield fighter Dean Marner had claimed the Western District Heavyweight Championship in the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow.

The Larkfield ABC member beat Alec Mullan of Irvine Vinbrough ABC on a points decision in the final, which took his heavyweight fight tally to five wins out of five since stepping up from middleweight.

His grandad Adam Robertson was a former Western District Welterweight champion at the age of 21 and set up the Larkfield ABC, where he mentored Dean.

Sadly, he had passed away two years before but his legacy had inspired his grandson to win his latest title.

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Elsewhere, a collection of picture house posters was capturing the imagination of crowds in Greenock.

Artist Tom Johnstone was delighted with the response to his exhibition in Central Library which took folk on a walk down memory lane featuring picture halls of the past.

Picture houses and paintings had been a lifetime passion for Tom and this exhibition let him combine the two.

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In other news, a Gourock priest was celebrating after being appointed principal Roman Catholic chaplain for the entire Royal Navy.

Father Andrew McFadden, from Gourock, had been given the top title of Vicar General of the Bishopric of the Forces Great Britain.

The new role was the culmination of his career as a navy chaplain which began after he attended training at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in 1998.

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In sport, Morton's Stuart McCaffrey said he believed footballers needed to accept they were under greater scrutiny and urged them to be aware that there was more to the job than simply playing matches.

The Morton captain made his first professional appearance in 1996 while at Hibs and had gone on to play for four other full-time clubs.

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And McCaffrey, who was then sidelined with a foot injury, admitted squads were always reminded to be careful that their actions did not reflect badly on their clubs.

On the field, meanwhile, Ton star Paul di Giacomo backed the team to get out of a form slump that had seen them go four games without a win.